Expresscard/ssd question

I have certain issues running Cubase 6, The Grand 3 and Ivory II on my standard 7200rpm hard disk on my laptop. After weeks of troubleshooting (cpu/ram work effortlessly - bottleneck is the hard disk) and hundreds of dollars wasted, I’ve come to a possible solution to help with heavy samples and recording artifacts that I need confirmation will work before I spend any more money.:slight_smile:
Question: Will an express card 3/4 along with an external solid state drive work with these three products (cubase, grand, ivory)? As in, I’d like to install all three on to this external drive rather than my spindle-related internal one. Has anyone heard about incompatibility/issues going this route with the card and ssd? I don’t have usb 3.0 and only firewire 400 aside from the express card slot.
Thanks for your thoughts.

Solid state drives are the perfect way to go. I bought an Iomega ssd flash drive, loaded my piano samples onto it, plugged it in and have no issues anymore. I couldn’t use the Renesas expresscard usb 3 superspeed adapter as it doesn’t work with 64bit Win 7 so I had to use a USB 2 port, but it still worked perfectly. I cranked polyphony all the way up and turned all samples on and everything checks out. Spindle hard drives (the whole rpm’s thing) just don’t cut it for thick piano samples. Just go solid state (usb 3 if you can) and life will be grand. I installed Cubase 6 on my laptop’s internal drive to keep things separate and begin recording tomorrow. Awesome!