|There may be no advantage to using the SATA drive. First point is this. SATA II drives have a slight advantage in real world application. However, that is only true is running in the native SATA II mode. |
In order to do that you would need to install the SATA controller drivers at the time you install WinXP. So I am talking about a fresh installation.
In actuality that would be your best solution anyway. If you are like most users you have everything on one partition. That is not the best method to use IMO and in the opinion of many helpers here at CN.
I recommend partitioning that 250GB into at LEAST 3 partitions, possibly more. The reasons for that are many. First of all installing your operating system a a couple of key programs on the C partition keeps it small. That makes backups faster and easier and the OS will also run faster.
Installing the remainder of your programs on the D partition will allow backups of that partition at different intervals. The program partition will not change as often as the OS partition. The other reason is this. If you image both of those partitions separately and you need to restore the OS partition for some reason you won't need to reinstall all your programs and they will function correctly.
Finally, the E partition should be used to store your movies, music, photos, work docs, etc.
Again, these file will need backup at different intervals than the other partitions. The above make maintenance easier and go a long way to protect your personal files.
If you prefer you can still keep many personal files in the My Documents folder. Keeping files like movies that take a huge amount of space will eventually bloat your C partition.
Coincidentally, I am using a 250GB WDigital SATA as my primary hard drive. I have 3 partitions. C is 31.2 with 13.1 free. D is 58.6 with 51.8 free. E is the remainder.
My C partition stall has plenty of free space even though I have lots of junk in the My Documents folder.
The D partition is much larger than needed. I have a ton of programs and you can see they still only use about 7GB.
Using Ghost 2003 for imaging my C partition fits on 4 single layer DVDR disks. Acronis true image should be about the same. Typical compression for normal stuff is about 1 1/2 to 1.
Look at the link below for more information on partitioning.
BTW are you sure you can use a 250GB hard drive? WinXP will recognize the full capacity even if your BIOS doesn't Watch the POST screens at start up to verify the FULL capacity of the 250GB is recognized.