Dylan: Not including cables with SATA drives seems to be the standard these days. It's absurd. I can't imagine how much they are really slashing off the sale price by leaving the cables out, and I also can't imagine a situation where someone would just have a bunch extra SATA cables lying around, let alone proprietary HP cables.
Pro Tools requires a dedicated HDD? That's a bit extreme, isn't it? Is that only a requirement if you're processing in real time?
its not a requirement. on 8 it causes clicks. on 9 youll get crap out messages when its writing and all of a sudden tries to page to the OS or something.
i am not a billion percent positive, but i think that protools actually allocates chunks of the harddrive for direct access when reading and writing. it would make sense. if i was doing that much disk access, id want to skip any middle men too. so letting the io swap back and forth between direct access and os access is probably taxing. anyways...its HIGHLY recomended that you have a secondary internal drive.
if you were just looking to do like 5 or 6 tracks on protools se or whatever i wouldnt stress it, but if you were looking to put together a full version setup, why not drop the 80 bucks for max performance. i think the drive i got is 750 gigs for 79.99