I know this should probably be an inquiry to the company and not a recording forum, but you guys are the pros and I want pro opinions, not a product recommendation. My external drive is a Western Digital 7200 RPM 500GB drive and it's great, I really have no complaints. The recording speed seems to be fine, it can go up to 96k as long as my computer is performing that fast. The only thing that I don't like is that it seems to go into sleep mode if I don't touch it for ten or more minutes. Then, when I need to access the HD or something on it (say a folder or the music in my iTunes library) I need to wait a few seconds while it boots up and my computer freezes temporarily until it finishes its boot up process. It's just an unnecessary annoyance that builds frustration from running into it so frequently. I have thought about getting a new HD and/or trying to disable the sleep feature on this one, but I've always talked myself out of it because the feature is most likely a good one and disabling it would be detrimental to the drive. I know all drives can't be like this though, should I get a different make or model when I upgrade? I am running out of space on this one so I need an upgrade soon. I was thinking of getting a FireWire drive because this one is USB and transfer times would be faster and I'd get better throughput. I use reamping so throughput is good. What are your thoughts?