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SATA 120+IDE 60,40 Best setting?

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Currently I have Segate 7200 60G IDE HDD(Root) and Maxtor 5400 40G IDE. And I have Segate SATA 120G 7200 to be added.

1. What could be the best setting?

I do quite frequently encoding video files (dvd) though not professional.

I assume that I should put SATA into root drive. Then what about other two?

2. In order to set SATA as root drive, I'm thinking ghost current root drive and restore it to SATA. Is it possible? What should I do? Does ghost work with SATA hard drive?

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basically you have answered your own questions mate. you should put the sata as your primary drive (root drive) because you will have a faster access for your windows and program files.

yes you can ghost your current root drive using say norton ghost but i would say u might as well do a clean install onto your SATA drive and copy all the data from the other drive (most game profiles and data can be copied)

you should probably partition this SATA drive into 40GB of primary and the balance as secondary partition. i am saying 40GB because that will give you plenty of room to play with for programs and games. all your video editing can be done in this primary partition and all the balance space on this and other drives can be used for storage. make sure to dump ur frequently utilized video files into the 2nd partition of SATA.
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Thanks.
Isn't there any way to use other two hard drives for better performance? Since I have raid enabled mobo, can I use these two for raid setting?
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yes u can. u can raid them ide drives as either RAID 0 for striping (better performance) or RAID 1 for mirroring (data security since both drives will hold identical data). but mind u either way u will lose 20GB of space because raid will and windows will see the drive at the size of the smaller drive.
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Does image copy cause any stability problem? Clean install is recommended? I heard that there is some minor problem when restore ide root image into SATA drive. Any advice or idea on this?

Also if I set rest of two hdd as raid 0, I have to sacrifice about 20G. Then this raid 0 setting with about 40G of 7200 and 5400 hdd does any help on entire system?

Primary : Seagate SATA 160 7200
Raid 0 : Seagate 7200 60g/Maxtor 5400 40g

If I make partition on primary such as 40/120, then which drive letter would raid 0 get? E?
Raid with different speed and type causes any problem?

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