Originally posted by Stoner
Buy a cheap Promise ATA100 PCI IDE controller, set all your devices to Master, put the two HDs on the controller channels, separately, and the optical drives on the mobo channels, separately. This setup will insure you that there will be no bottlenecking when you burn or copy on the fly w/ the DVD writer, from HD or CDRW, or vice versa.
Have any of you guys who use an IDE controller card have problems with using up too much PCI bandwidth? Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the PCI bus only allow a maximum of 133 MB/s? Won’t adding 2 hard drives along with other PCI peripherals cause bottle necking problems? I’m thinking of getting an IDE controller card (I don’t need one, but just would like to try out the configuration if it helps). I appreciate any comments you guys may have. Thanks!