My experiment with RAW is over!
I had about 150 RAW in one folder on my external hard drive. Well... Things really bogged down, at 25 megs a pop it was like watching paint dry. Geeze!
I read the article sent to me by Paul. JPEG is just fine for 99% of what people do. To be on the safe side I converted the RAWs to TIFFs (non-lossies). By comparison, it is like the Daytona 500. Uuurah!