The world is moving to SATA. That move has been mostly completed for internal hard drives, and is moving there for external drives, esp. where high data bandwidth is needed (even FW800 isn't fast enough for some HD video applications, while you can connect an external RAID enclosure that can sustain 200MB/sec (or more) over a single SATAII cable). And FW400 is too slow for even a single modern hard disk. But, Apple hasn't included external SATA ports on any of its computers yet. On a Mac Pro, there are solutions for running cabling to an external drive, such that it looks just like an internal drive for purposes of performance and bootability. But, on a MacBook Pro, the only way to support external SATA is by adding an SATA ExpressCard, but the external drive isn't bootable, because the drivers for the card don't load until too late in the boot sequence (if there have been changes/hacks that fix this, please post). So, the only way we'll be able to boot from an external SATA drive is if Apple adds a built-in SATA port. This is definitely feasible with the Santa Rosa chipset, since that chipset supports 3 SATA ports. Don't know if it supports port replication, which is needed for external multi-drive configurations (including RAID), but I would expect so. My question: Has anyone seen any evidence indicating that Apple will add external SATA ports in their next rev of the MBP? Not just speculation, a "rumor" at least, with some basis for the claim that this will or won't happen. The reason: I want to upgrade to a MBP, and would like to relatively soon, but I don't have a pressing need. I've read the other threads regarding Santa Rosa, likely release dates for the Santa Rosa MBP, etc., so no need to repeat that. But, having a machine with an external SATA port would definitely be worth waiting for.