hard drive for OS and other software

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  1. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    I purchased a new pc last week and didn’t opt for a larger HD. The current drive is an 80gig 7200rpm. I’m going to add another drive in the 300+gig range for music, videos, pics.....

    Am I better off leaving the factory drive in place or buy 2 300s and replace the 80?

    Primary software on the HD:
    XP, .NET 2005, SQL 2005, Studio MX, and Office


    *i do little to no gaming
     
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    You shuold be fine with the current drive if it's new computer. Depending on the brand though you might be better off installing your OS on a new harddrive that is of higher quality.

    For harddrives I'd only recommend Seagate. When installing make sure to set the appropriate slave/master settings.

    What kind of computer/drive is it?
     
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    is it pata or sata? if pata, does your machine support sata?


    If it's not sata, I highly recommend you replace it with that. 8mb+ buffer is also a requirement, imho.
     
  4. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    Dell E510

    from the properties of the drive:
    WDC WD800JD-75MSA1

    i don't have a clue if it's sata or pata???
     
  5. JaJae

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    I believe it's a western digital SATA. Open up your case. If the wire is about a half inch wide and not 2 1/2" wide it's SATA. I don't have time to look it up just now (currently at work on dial-up), someone may be able to tell you with more certainty. But I believe that model number is a SATA.

    Nevermind, looked it up. Here it is:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822135106

    It is SATA 3GB/s

    Might want someone to verify that for you. Or you can always pop open your case. You'll likely see a small red wire going to your harddrive. If you, it's SATA. If you side a wide IDE cable it's PATA. It'll take two minutes to open up and close. Or you can wait for JollyOgre to come in here and correct me:)
     
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    BB is 2MB buffer, PATA.
    JB is 8MB buffer, PATA.
    JD is 8MB buffer, SATA.


    that is a SATA drive.

    get a 300GB Seagate SATA drive for your data and call it a day.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :werd: That's my setup right now (except both drives are Seagate).
     
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    thanks guys
     

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