So I have 1TB or so of sample libraries that I keep on an external drive, and some Kontakt libraries take quite a bit of time to load. The Grandeur piano takes 50 seconds for example, including loading it into RAM. I'd really like to shorten the loading times. My current external drive is I believe a 5400rpm USB 3 drive. I'm getting a reading speed at around 100 Mb/s, which seems to be about as fast as they come. Looking at LaCie's spec sheets most of them seem to peak at 130 Mb/s regardless of configuration (i.e. 5400 vs 7200 rpm, thunderbolt vs. USB 3 etc.). But knowing that USB 3 and Thunderbolt are capable of much higher speeds than that, I'm wondering where my bottle neck is. So my questions are: - Would a 7200rpm or SSD external drive actually be faster for loading samples, or just a waste of money for my application? - If so, is Thunderbolt any faster than USB 3 given that USB 3 is still capable of a whopping 5Gb/s? - Lastly, does the quality of my RAM and internal SSD drive have an impact on this at all? For computer specs, I have a 2015 MacBook Pro with an SSD drive, 16Gb RAM and 2.5 Ghz i7. Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports.