You may have read in previous posts that I have had mysterious issues with my MacBook/BFD2 rig. I found out what the deal is, and it's NOT BFD!
I use a WD Mybook 1TB external hard drive, which unfortunately goes to sleep on its own, REGARDLESS of the computer's sleep settings! I have read countless reports of it sleeping in the middle of a transfer or download... MAJOR pain, and it causes BFD to play just the portion of the samples which is loaded into RAM. NOT pretty. When you try to eject/remount the drive with BFD2 running, it locks up the machine about half the time. Dead. So, if it happens (which it does) I have to shut down everything and start from scratch.
Furthermore, WD does not offer any options or tech support on this known issue. Guess I'll be buying yet ANOTHER hard drive (my third for use with BFD!). The good news is, I have had zero issues with the computer itself or my eSATA card, which I am told can be a bit finicky... no problems yet. And BFD2 is stable as can be.
PLEASE investigate the auto-sleep issue BEFORE buying your external sample drive if you're building a laptop-based BFD2 rig!
*Any recommendations on a good eSATA or FireWire 800 7200 RPM 1TB drive that won't go to sleep on me? (John, which drive do you use?)