Hey, Currently I'm running kontakt 5 through ableton 8 on bootcamp (windows 7), on my macbook pro. I have put all my sample libraries and such on my WD portable hard drive (500GB, USB 2.0). It seems to run okay, but it does take a while for everything to load when browsing through the libraries, and sometimes when playing an instrument, the sound drops out. I imagine that this method puts a lot of strain on the external hard drive, but is this normal? is it risky? I generally use the DFD (direct from disc) sampling mode, but does this put too much strain on the portable hard drive? Since I'm almost out of space, I want to buy a new portable hard drive to put everything on. Ideally I want to use USB 3.0, but my mbp is not compatible with USB3.0, and thunderbolt is too expensive for me. Another option I have is to buy a hard drive with firewire and reformat from HFS+ to NTFS, however I'm not too confident that I can do this. So I guess what I want to know is how much strain is being put on the hard drive, and how much difference does it make when using USB2.0/3.0/firewire/thunderbolt? is USB2.0 sufficient? I know there are figures like USB3.0 being 20 times faster than USB2.0 and such, but I'd like to know how this translates to use with kontakt. Thank you! Thank you!