I am rebuilding my system with an Asus A8V deluxe motherboard. I was thinking of using one of my current hard drives in an external case for backing up my music collection.(the other would go in the closet as a spare)
I want to buy 2 SATA drives to use in the computer. CompUSA has the Hitachi 160gb SATA drives for $39.95 (after savings and rebate, click HERE). I was thinking of getting two of these. I do not plan on using any raid setups. This would free up the ide channels to use for optical drives only.
I have read different things about booting from sata drives, such as the controller needing drivers installed, etc. This might be a little confusing for me if there are any problems. I am only moderately knowledgeable when it comes to this stuff, and I want everything to go smooth.
If you think this might be a problem then I might go this way:
There is a third ide connector on this mobo that is set up by default as a raid controller but can bet set to run an individual device (non atapi). I would use my old HD on this connector as the boot drive. Get one of the sata drives from CompUSA as an internal backup drive. Use my second current HD in an external enclosure, and use the 2 original ide connectors for my three cd/dvd drives.
Also. I have searched here and other places for a suggestion about a good external enclosure for a HD and there are many different opinions(ie.fan/no fan,internal/external power supply, etc.). I would be getting this from newegg and would like to keep it around $50 or less. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. I am looking at this one based on a thread here.AMS enclosure. It seems to be what I am looking for but would probably want one that has feet so it can stand on its side.
Thanks for any help or suggestions