I just picked up a LaCie d2 quadra 500GB drive http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10894 for sample-streaming.
I bought this drive so that I could use it with my current setup via a USB 2.0 connection or buy an eSATA interface card to plug into an unused PCI-Express slot.
So... I just got off the phone with LaCie tech support and I now see that this drive is only "eSATA" (i.e., "up to 1.5Gbits/s"), and not "eSATA II" . . .
Assuming that the drive is used solely for streaming samples (and, perhaps, holding a Norton Ghost drive image of the partition containing my musicmaking apps), in terms of real-world performance:
- is it worth the additional expense to upgrade this drive to an eSATA II drive, or will other bottlenecks (processor, motherboard, bus, etc.) negate any speed advantages;and
Great big huge thanks for any insight!!
- will the just-purchased eSATA drive perform better than my other LaCie drive, which is identical except that it only has USB 2.0 and FW400/800 connectors? If so, how much better?