Thanks for all the replies and good info everybody! I have a follow up question. Does anybody know how firewire 800 compares to SATA in terms of disk access speed and overall throughput?
Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
Why keep things on one drive? If you're streaming strings from one drive and brass from the other, you'll get more polyphony during tuttis.
My boss (the guy I'm inquiring for) doesn't do a lot of big orchestral stuff. He just has a crapload of sounds and is constantly adding to the arsenal. He prefers to keep them on a single drive to keep things simple.
And I've heard conflicting reports about whether it's better to split the load across multiple drives. It makes intuitive sense that the seek time would go down, but I'm not so sure.
I also use Firewire, by the way - I was just saying that a 400GB SATA drive is the best choice right now, for the simple reason that those are the largest drives around and it makes sense to buy the largest drives you can.