So a few days ago I got my new Western Digital Elements 500gb drive to use for backups. I load up a game and start to have problems with loading (made a thread here which helped). Downgrading to reliable cios versions cured most problems but some areas of the game would take like an extra 2 seconds to load, which completely ruined the experience. At first I was blaming the cios but I was dead wrong. So today I had a 16gb Sandisk Cruzer nearby and thought "might as well try it". It was completely perfect in loading every scene and faster than my original disc by a noticeable margin. Just really awesome. Obviously this is because the Sandisk has no moving parts I presume? I just wonder if I can get just as good from a hard drive. My best guess for this would be to purchase a externally powered drive that was 7200rpm (WD is 5400) and maybe that should do it? Obviously need to get one with low access time. Any ideas? I would just keep using flash drives but just not enough space.