I'm getting ready to put together my "new" system this weekend, and I'd like some input on my device layout. I'm going to have at my disposal the following components: Two ATA33 IDE channels on the motherboard Two ATA100 IDE channels on a Promise controller card Compaq CD drive Yamaha CD-RW drive Western Digital 40 GB 7200 RPM ATA100 drives (2) Seagate 5400 RPM 8 GB ATA33 drive I'm going for the best overall speed that I can get, along with the best performance when extracting large compressed files to .wav and when burning said .wav files to CDR. Here's what I was thinking: IDE Channel 1MasterYamaha IDE Channel 1Slave- IDE Channel 2MasterSeagate 8 GB IDE Channel 2SlaveCompaq CD Promise Channel 1MasterWD 40 GB #1 Promise Channel 1Slave- Promise Channel 2MasterWD 40 GB #2 Promise Channel 2Slave- Here's my reasoning: Keep OS (Win2K Pro) and Data separate. Keep devices on different IDE channels when possible Fast drives on fast IDE channels Keep OS and Pagefile on different physical drives Keep compressed data and expansion directory on different high speed drives (for .shn/.mp3 -> wav decompression) Keep expanded .wav files on a different physical drive than the OS Allow for drive imaging of OS drive (Powerquest Drive Image or Norton Ghost?) With that in mind, I was going to partition things this way: WD 30 GB #1: C:4 GBWindows 2000 D:36 GBData (.mp3's, .shn's, etc.) WD 30 GB #2: E:38.8 GBApplications (including source .wav direcory for CD burning.) X:1.2 GBWindows pagefile (allow for 2x potential RAM = ~1.2 GB) Seagate 8 GB: F:8 GBArchives (drive images, etc) Thoughts? I'm not planning a dual-boot setup anytime soon. Seems to me that's about as optimized as I can get. Thanks! -Brett.