I am getting an iMac 27 inch, and it will have a 1 TB internal hard drive, and I know we can set up the Mac so that this hard drive is mirrored on an external 1 TB hard drive using the built in tools of Mac OS X (Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility).
But the OS's system files, the swap file, etc, are all on the internal drive as well. Will those be mirrored as well? If so, won't that slow the system down a lot, since the external drive is usually slower than the internal drive.
Also, even if the OS's files are not mirrored but just the user's own files, will copying or file saving be slower, since instead of copying to the faster internal drive, the OS will report done only after the external drive is done as well?