Following excellent helpful advice from this forum I now have a stable PC and have decided not to replace it just yet. With all four IDE channels taken (3 x Hard Drives and 1 x DVD Durner(Secondary Slave) I have added an ALi SATA/RAID PCI card and SATA Hard Disk for extra storage. The card also has an IDE connector and according to the difficult to understand instructions you can RAID mixed IDE and SATA devices connected to the card. The card and new WD120 MB drive are working fine.
My question is would I get any performace increase from moving any of my old drives, or the DVD Burner, to the PCI card and setting up a RAID and if so should this be RAID0 or RAID1? All my PCI slots are full so am I right in thinking that the load on the PCI bus would outway any benefit? The new SATA drive doesn’t seem to be much faster than my old PCI drives.
Thanks for any advice.
AMD3200 Athlon with VIA chipset MoBo