jamie wrote:its seems with scsi - ive always used them and seagate either barracuda or cheetah - but the cheetahs are still small space wise..
ide drives choke when working in layers on 200mb+ images
you may be right though.. 7200.. its been that speed forever now
In that case get a copuple of SCSI drives and set them up in RAID-0, this has two drives in parallel so that data writes alternate between the two, hence giving you twice the disk IO bandwidth (well almost..) There are nice SCSI controllers that do this all in hardware for you.
Just remember to back it up! Lose one disk and you lose the data on both. There are other version that use extra disks to protect the data on the others in the set.
ignore all this if you already know how RAID works...