[QUOTE=TheMeridian;2069306]I went dumpster diving on the CDF forums looking for an answer, but I didn’t find anything definitive. Here’s what I have for a media editing/burning machine:
OS Drive: WD WD1200JB, 120GB, ATA-133, 7200, 8MB running Windows XP
Storage Drive for Videos, etc.: Maxtor 6L200P0 200GB, ATA-133, 7200, 8MB
DVD Burner: BenQ DW1655
My planned configuration:
Primary Master: WD 120GB (OS drive)
Primary Slave: BenQ DW1655 (Burner)
Secondary Master: Maxtor 200GB (Storage)
Secondary Slave: n/a
From what I’ve read, this should give me the best performance for what I intend to use it for (recording/editing audio/video, burning them to disc). The performance hit I would take when I’m copying/burning from/to the Primary Master HD & the DVD burner would be negligible since - if I understand this correctly - most current MB IDE controllers manufactured in the last 2-3 years have mitigated the protocol disparity between HD and optical devices on the same IDE channel. Is my thinking correct on this?
As an aside, I know I could just get a SATA burner and be done with it, but I don’t want to give up the DW1655 if I don’t have to. It’s been a very good, reliable drive for me.
TIA for the replies.[/QUOTE]
In addition, which motherboard are you planning to use for your media editing/burning system? (Most newer motherboards have only one IDE connector onboard, limiting the maximum number of parallel ATA (IDE) devices you can use on that system to two total - which, in turn, would mean that you would have to “ditch” one of your three IDE devices unless you can find an add-in PCI IDE controller card which is friendly to optical drives.)