Re: 2nd HD connection...IDE 133 vs. USB 2.0?
IDE is the better solution BY FAR! I do not think any USB drives can get over ATA33 and the USB bus is much harder on the computer than the IDE.
Now if you want it to be mobile, USB is fine. I have a USB drive I use for video editing on my laptop and it does great, but I can tell a difference in drive speeds(where as my interal drive is ATA100)
Desktop: Athlon 64 3700, 1024M RAM, GF 6200 TC 256M, 2x 80G, 2x DVD-RW
Laptop: Sempron 2800, 512M RAM, Unichrome, 60G, DVD-RW
Macintosh:G4 1.33GHz, 512M RAM, Radeon 9200 32M, 40G, DVD/CDRW
They get me from 0 to 1...