We went over a variety of options, and in the end we ended up with the following configuration:
- 8GB memory
- Internal OWC Mercury Extreme 480GB solid state drive (SSD) for system, applications, Lightroom catalogs, previews, caches, etc— all stuff that will help responsiveness.
- Internal 1TB hard drive;
- Dual external OWC Mini Elite AL-Pro hard drives for backup and extra storage.
- The OWC Slim eSATA ExpressCard/34 for attaching external drives at high speed.
- External optical drive (since the internal one is removed for the 2nd drive).
In other words, an MPG Pro Laptop tailored to his needs. What a great setup! No more lugging a bulky external 1TB hard drive around, and the internal 480GB drive makes the system awesomely fast.
While we considered using dual 400GB solid state drives in a RAID-0 stripe volume with 800GB capacity, the SSD+HDD setup yields almost 1.5TB at lower cost, perfect for my client’s needs.