I'm really fed up with my current laptop (performance wise), so I am considering to get a new computer for music production. I used to exclusively work on laptops, but I don't actually need a fully portable computer anymore, so I might consider getting an iMac or Mac Mini as well (but not a Mac Pro - too expensive). One of the main performance bottlenecks seems to be the hard drive. I'd like to go for an SSD for the OS, but would need a second drive for about 300 GB of samples (Logic, NI, all kinds of libraries). I'm wondering which kind of harddrive interface would people recommend for that, when low access times are key? Or, to ask more concretely, if I have the choice between the following combinations, which would be OK performance wise: SSD + additional internal drive (S-ATA) SSD + additional external thunderbolt drive (or even two) SSD + additional external USB3 drive I'm assuming that Firewire is basically dead (for hard drives), and USB 2 is really no alternative (too slow). This input will help me to make a choice between the laptop offerings, a Mac Mini or an iMac, so thanks for the help!