I just purchased a Maxtor 300GB HDD that is 7200 RPM and has a 16MB Cache. (For only $80!!)
I have a Dell Dimension 8200 that I want to put it in. Apparently the drive is capable of 133MB/sec. in Burst Mode, but I'm wondering if I should purchase an ATA133 PCI Card, or just use the onboard IDE.
Which is faster? Is the PCI interface faster than IDE? Which has the higher throughput?
Also, some of the PCI ATA/133 Cards I looked at seem to suggest they don't support drives larger than 137GB... Is this something I need to worry about?
In a related topic, I pose the same questions regarding a USB 2.0 PCI card. My motherboard didn't support it natively, but if I bought a USB 2.0 PCI, would I still get the full USB 2 speed and throughput? Where is the bottleneck in the equation?
I assume these are basic questions, but I didn't find any good results when I googled them.