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When you're going to be working with panoramic photos, you're going to have a lot of data. Chances are the files will get really big and you can have as many as 24 images open at a single time for a 360 degree panoramic photo, even more if working on a GigaPan. You don't want the drive to be a bottle neck. There's lots of drives to choose from and I have no particular allegiance to any one brand. What I recommend is that you look for some specific features. So for example, I have a drive here that's USB 2.
The same manufacturer makes a USB 3 version. That change in connection type is going to add significant performance gains. Additionally, you might want to choose a drive that's RAIDED, both for protection, and potentially speed. There are lots of manufactures that provide RAIDED drives. And a RAID 0 type drive will spread your data across multiple drives to give to better performance. Essentially the burden is shared. For the ultimate speed, I recommend you go for a device that has a connection like Thunderbolt or at least USB 3.
That's going to make things a lot faster as you work. Having that connection to a fast drive is going to give you the performance you need to truly get the results. You need the data to move quickly through the pipeline if you want things to work.
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