I have an Abit IS7-V2 MOBO wtih SATA channel and 2 ATA100IDE channels.
I have an SI based IDE controler card that supports ATA133.
I have 1 SATA HD, 1 ATA133 HD and 3 ATA100 HDs.
The controler card came with very little in the way of documentation.
The SATA HD will, of course, go on the SATA channel.
A CD-RW will go on one of the MOBO's IDE channels.
A DVD burner will also be added but that's down the road.
Should I put the ATA133 HD on one of the CARD's channels with 2 ATA100 HDs on the Card's other channel and 1 ATA100 HD on the MOBO's IDE channel?
Would that allow me to run the ATA133 HD at ATA133 with the other 2 at ATA100?
Or, should I just put all 4 IDE HDs on the CARD?
Would the CARD allow me to "SEE" those three or four HDs as one large HD in my OS regardless of how they're partitioned? I don't want to mirror or split-up the data. I just want to add HD space and limiting the # of HDs displayed in "My Computer" would be better than seeing numerous HDs listed for every 20GB partition.
The IDE card instructions detailed installing blank/unformated HDs rather than HDs containing partitions, data and OSs. I'd like to get them all hooked up with fresh OS installs on the SATA HD before moving data, deleting OSs and resizing partitions on the IDE HDs. Three of my IDE HDs have partitions and data, one has OSs and one is blank/unformated.
Thankyou for your help.