I have my personal "My Documents" directory separate from "Shared Documents" because this is the kids' PC, although I still have a bunch of my own files on there. The kids have their own login. I've backed up the files onto CD's and have copied all of them over to my new machine, but still sometimes want to have access to them and I don't always have both PC's up (actually, my LAN is currently down, ever since a lightning strike... both NICs seem okay... I think the actual cable got fried... probably will go wireless this time). I put all our family's digital photos in the Shared Documents directory, so I can access them from any machine over the net (when it works). I've got XP Pro, so I can password protect My Documents and then the kids can't go in there and change my 2004 tax return.
You have 2 HD's, one old, and 2 old CDR drives?
I'd still suggest putting the optical drives seperate to the HD's.
Make your new 160GB the primary master.
Use the 30G for temporary stuff Outputs from video operations, etc.
I don't know that much about game cracks, but I do know quite a bit about PC's in general. I've built three, the latest an Athlon 64 X2 3800+ box with 2G of dual-channel DDR RAM and dual 250G drives. The mobo has a controller channel for each of my 3 drives, so my OS/App HD and my DVD burner are each a primary on their own ATA133 channel and the Audio HD is on a SATA150. It's tweaked for multitrack audio recording (everything non-essential is ripped out or turned off... LAN/firewire/parallel&serial ports: all disabled in the BIOS, classic windows interface although I'm running XP Pro, not even a modem in the case) and I can mix over 100 tracks simultaneously.
The way you choose what goes where on your IDE and SATA controllers is that you want to make sure that you split anything up (i.e. don't share a cable) that will need to talk to each other or will need to be used simultaneously.
Therefore, if you are running something like Sonar 5 PE (multitrack audio recording software), as I am, put the OS and applications on one drive on an ATA133 or SATA bus and the drive on which the audio (.wav) files go should be connected to a different bus... in my case a SATA controller. Now, there is no chance of the audio stream being interrupted because Sonar 5 needs something.
Similarly, if you are going to be burning a CD's or DVD's from data that's on your boot drive, you want to put the boot drive and the burner on different cables. The burner will still be the bottleneck, but putting them on separate cables means you can still do things with your PC while burning.
My only uncertainty here was whether Nero uses TEMP space even when you are burning a single disk (i.e. not burning multiple disks). I'm pretty sure that if I'm burning, say, .jpg's from my boot drive, Nero doesn't make a copy of them to TEMP first. Therefore, I would want to put the burner on the other cable, not share it with the boot drive.
If I was going to be burning dozens of copies of a CD, say my music demos, I think that Nero would make an image in TEMP space. In this case, if I do use part of the 30G for TEMP, I think I'd want my burner to be on the same cable as my boot drive so that my system could read from the 30G and write to the burner simultaneously.
Thanks for all your help. I'm going to go reload the OS onto the 160G drive and start fresh on that machine. I'll then get a trial version of GameJackal and see if that meets all my needs.