thanks for taking the time and responding Phil...I am using it store my recording data as I run the recording software. Basically I want to have the data on one drive and the samples on another. Then all of then I will back up on a separate drive. I have done the old drives from my older computers into cases for backups as well(but they lack the capacity). SSD drives are a bit higher in cost right now and because of less moving parts most say it is a safe bet(but the longevity is still up in the air). I will most likely use an HDD drive with ac power and connect via USB or firewire. Does that sound good? And I am thinking G tech or glyph as a product...thoughts?