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Are TEXT fields stored separately from the row in MySQL-ISAM?

We have a "notes" table and some of the queries are getting very slow even though we're not searching on the note contents. We're wondering if moving the note content into a separate table would speed things up?

I wouldn't think separating the content would matter -- aren't TEXT fields essentially just pointers to somewhere else on disk? Or does table size matter?

Does InnoDB handle this better?