Hi there: I've loosely got 2 questions to the wise here... I recently acquired a new MacBook Pro 17" and have extended my collection of external drives. I have: - 300GB Lacie (connected via FW800) after years of service, now semi-retired used solely as a clone of the system drive - 1TB Seagate Freeagent (via FW800) currently used as 2/3 Timemachine and 1/3 general non-important storage - 2TB WD MyBook Studio II (via FW800) to be used as a FCP scratch disc. I've only had the Seagate for a day and it's behaving ok but seems quite warm to the touch, whilst the WD (arrived today) seems to run much cooler. I have thought of changing things so that: - 1TB Seagate becomes the scratch drive - 2TB WD becomes 3 partitions: (i) small amount of storage (ii) timemachine backup and (iii) a scratch disc backup My logic being that (a) the Seagate will be in use less and (b) that I will be able to back-up capture/scratch stuff. There are two possible downsides to this: - That I will effectively half my capacity for scratch, although at 2TB I might have over-estimated my need in any case. - I give up my potential for eSata for the scratch disc. So as well as general advice about my set-up (or proposed set-up) I'm asking whether eSata would be sufficiently faster to justify purchase of an Express/34 card and restricting myself to only using the WD for scratch. Now give yourself a medal for reading through all this!