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Right now I've got a master Seagate 400gb SATA running along side an IDE Western Digital 80gb drive. They're running on one channel as I've got two optical drives running on the other. I had this setup for me in a shop when I last upgraded my comp. Now I wonder if this setup is crippling my performance.
Now I'm still pretty ignorant of Raid setups, not sure what setup these are running in, but as I prepare to rebuild my rig, what would be the best option for my sata/ide combo?
Appreciate the help!
    
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i guess the best thing would be to make everything SATA. There are sata optical drives now, that is assuming you are going to buy new stuff .

If not,
Try and make the Western digital either an external drive in a USB Caddy, or if you think you dont need it , just get rid of it.
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best option for a sata/ide combo is not to have one

your performance will increase exponentially with sequential read speed and access time

not to mention all the bugs....eugh i had that setup with my 160 and new 320 sata eventually i just gave my bro the 160 got too frustrated.
    
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All SATA on HDD and IDE or SATA on optical
    
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Damn! Appreciate the quick responses! I own all the drives already. The two opticals are a Pioneer DVD-rom and a LG Lightscribe dvd burner. Would I be able to run these in sata?
hmmmm... Here's the deal, I have about 60gb+ of data I was hoping to backup onto the 80gb once I rebuild and I'd rather not go through the hassle of burning 14 dvds. How easy/difficult would it be to convert the 80gb to a usb port?
    
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post #6 of 11
You can run the controller on your board in SATA/IDE mode, where it will run both. You can buy an enclosure for about $30 to stick that IDE hard drive in, and it will hook up with USB. Be aware, that with USB it will take a long time to transfer 60GBs.
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Damn! Appreciate the quick responses! I own all the drives already. The two opticals are a Pioneer DVD-rom and a LG Lightscribe dvd burner. Would I be able to run these in sata?
hmmmm... Here's the deal, I have about 60gb+ of data I was hoping to backup onto the 80gb once I rebuild and I'd rather not go through the hassle of burning 14 dvds. How easy/difficult would it be to convert the 80gb to a usb port?
If you own the drives already and they are IDE, then you cant run them in sata.

Also, to put the hard drive in a usb caddy is really easy, takes about 5-10 minutes. and as mentioned above, it will take longer to transfer via USB , so transfer the stuff first and then put the harddrive in the caddy.. but dont delete the data till you make sure the drive is working properly in the caddy.

edit : something like http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/cat/Hard-Dr...-&-Accessories , i just posted a uk link , but thats the idea.
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Longer transfer but good idea none the less
    
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I'm an idjit. I was under the assumption, based on the invoice of my last upgrade, that I bought a sata hdd. Turns out the 400gb is just an IDE drive

Just checking out this article on Tom's about Raid setups, I'm thinking the Raid 1 setup would work best for my setup. I've read that if you run a Raid0 setup and one of your drives fail, all your data's ****ed. I'm a music zealot and I'd probably put my fist through the wall if I lost my mp3 archive. So is a raid setup as easy as a flip of a switch in the Bios upon install?
    
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OK so looks like I'm an ignorant idjit. Still researching this Raid concept, but it looks like I'd need identically sized drives in order to run any Raid format. Is this correct?
    
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