I know I could host on a cloud somewhere (which could get pricey), but for now we are looking at installing a third drive--a traditional hard disk. Either way, this means retrieval of the attachment files is slower than if they reside on the SSD along with the forum.
My question: is having the attachment files on a slower storage medium (traditional disk, cloud storage, etc.) going to adversely affect the loading of posts or pages, or do the attachments load in asynchronously? In other words, in the past, some page layouts I had seen would "hang" while loading until the appropriate images were fully loaded in. I don't care if the page renders without the attachments at first, and then they fill in as they are retrieved, but I don't want to see the page loading entirely paused while it waits for an attachment image to completely load.
Hope that made sense...