I find it strange that your new computer doesn’t have IDE connections, even if it has SATA ports. Are all the onboard IDE controllers full (two drives each)? If so, then your best bet would be the external, as it is easier, and then you can use the drive for moving data, if the need arises in the future.[/quote]
Oh, I had never thought of that. I don’t know what it has on the MOBO for connectors. I just bought the HP w/monitor a couple weeks back but I won’t actually see the system in person for a couple months (I’m in Iraq). I’m just thinking ahead because my sister wants to buy my old computer which I just put an extra 250 GB drive in about a year ago to act as media storage.
My plan was to yank all the good parts I still want out of the old system, put them in the new system and then sell the old computer to my sister for cheap. I haven’t messed with SATA at all, so I just kind of assumed the MOBO would have converted completely to SATA rather than keep both IDE and SATA connectors.
Of course, now that you mention it, I suppose I could slave the 2 optical drives then connect the IDE HDD to the MOBO too. But this assumes there’s 2 IDE ports on the MOBO. I guess I’ll have to wait until I get home to see the actual MOBO layout.
BUT - assuming there is no organic way to connect the IDE HDD to the mobo, what would you do? I’ve been leaning towards the external enclosure simply because it does offer more flexibility in the long run. A 250GB USB HDD is a handy tool to have. If I want to access it over the network I can just share the drive.
Plus, I found a cool enclosure with shiny flashing lights lol