I saw this topic and just couldn't resist posting. I assume that "conventional" would include both IDE and SATA hard drives, Eh? Any comments on that? Merry Christmas Everyone! the Doctor PS: Here's a little Christmas Present for you: If you have an IDE HD and a SATA II motherboard, you can get extra life and performance out of that old IDE drive, if you connect it to a SATA II port with an IDE to SATA adapter. Here's one of the adapters: and here's the adapter installed on an IDE hard drive. When this is done, the IDE drive will transfer data with the motherboard at SATA I speed. (a little over 10X normal IDE speed) Cheers Mates!