I just got a new 500 GB SATA drive for my computer to replace the 160GB IDE. The motherboard supports bother SATA and IDE natively (its a new motherboard, with 1 IDE cable supporting 2 devices and plenty of SATA connectros - right now I have a DVD burner and the hard drive hooked up to the IDE cable).
I was thinking of installing XP on the SATA and moving the swap files and temp files to the IDE, but was wondering if this would help, and there seems to be some confusion on the issue - anyone have any thoughts please?
SATA and IDE run at different speeds - it might be faster to keep the files on the SATA
even though SATA is theoretically capable of 3 Gb/s it seems that as a practical matter you can only achieve speeds about the same as an IDE drive - so the speed difference might not matter much
SATA and IDE on the same motherboard should be able to be accessed simultaneously, right (as they're two different connections)? This should also offset the speed difference...
Finally, would it be better to just get two SATA hard drives (one big, one small) to do this with? How much better (I have 2 old IDE dvd burners on the computer and kind of wanted to upgrade one of them to a new SH-S203B SATA instead)
Thanks for the advice!