I've been contemplating my options regarding hard drives for my Apple IIGS. There are quite a few alternatives available and the CFFA3000 and Focus IDE seem to be the most popular.
I currently have a Unisdisk Disk II/Smartport emulator in my IIGS and after having done a bit of research I've begun to wonder if that would be sufficient for me. There are a few things I'd like to get some clarification based on facts and experiences to help me make up my mind:
1) Is 32 MB the absolute maximum size of a hard drive partition in a stock ProDOS/GSOS and do any of the storages offer bigger ones?
2) The Unisdisk enables you to have a 32 MB image in SmartPort mode but is that the same as a virtual hard drive?
3) Do all the modern mass storage devices utilize virtual hard drives or do any of them work as "native" hard drives?
4) Is there any noticeable speed gain, if you have your mass storage controller in an expansion slot compared to having it in SmartPort?
5) I haven't been able to find detailed information about the SmartPort. I know you connect your floppy drives and apparently it enables you to use virtual hard drives but was it originally designed to be anything else than a floppy drive port?
6) Would I get any significant benefit over the Unisdisk, if I got either a CFFA3000 or Focus IDE?
Thanks for helping me out!