Does anybody have any experience with these sort of adapters? Do they work well?
Is there a better way to set up these HDDs for my use (OS and programs for the 500GB, storage for the 2 40GB's is what I'm planning)?
The 2 40GB drives are being have data on them already (being reused from my old system that went down)- should I offloa/backup that data before I install them in my new build? Gonig from XP to Windows 7.
I would suggest the following:
1) Return the sata/ide converters.
2) Go ahead and install windows7 on your new 500gb sata drive.
Use your IDE cd/dvd to install windows.
3) Attach one of the ide drives to the second IDE attachment and copy all the data. It never hurts to have an extra backup, but it should not be needed.
4) uninstall the first ide drive and replace it with the second and repeat the process.
5) Keep the ide drives for a while, until you know everything is running well, but plan on crushing them. They really are not worth it.
For what it is worth, a good sata dvd burner costs only $25 and is a much cleaner install.