[QUOTE=symphonic100;2771524]Well, security is less an issue with Linux. I don’t like the idea of wasting a SATA drive on a USB connection so the best bet is to stick w/my current setup and keep the 2nd drive inside the case and connected via SATA. Thanks.[/QUOTE]
I have to say, running an OS drive over USB may not be so bad. For my quite old Mac laptop, I have an old image of my OS X installation (10.6), and a clean installation of OS X (10.9) installed to an older LaCie/Seagate 2 TB USB 2.0 drive. While it’s not a speed demon, I find it to be quite usable.
But since you have the dedicated space for an internal drive, I can see how that would be preferred.