will getting a bigger harddrive make a big difference in speed?

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  1. Casino

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    right now I have a 40gb harddrive. it is basically filled up all the time, with about 200MB free. I have 5 users on windows xp pro and about 3 are logged on all the time. i have 256mb of ram so my computer can get pretty slow.

    i want to speed it up, but I don't have much money to spend. I can get a 80GB harddrive and run that along with the 40GB drive I have now. I can get the 80GB drive for around $55.

    Or I could buy more RAM. I really don't want to because the only RAM my dell supports is expensive (pc800 rdram), about $45 for a 128MB stick.

    If I get the bigger harddrive, would it make a big difference in speed since there will be so much extra room? I don't have a good paying job, so should I just get the harddrive now, or save up for awhile and get about 512MB of ram?
     
  2. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    a larger hard drive is faster, but you won't notice a difference at all..
     
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    Having that little free space is hurting you, but so is the 256mb of RAM. Try and clear up at least a gig on that hard drive and buy yourself some RAM.
     
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    How much of a difference will 256MB or 512MB make on the speed? I have a 1.8GHz P4.
     
  5. mdaniel

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    Get the RAM or at least stop having 3 users logged in at once. XP is just so so on 256MB with one user logged in and 1-2 apps up. Your performance must be unbearable. Any amount of RAM will help but the more the better.
     
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    it does get pretty bad. when i have firefox, itunes and aim open, it slows down if i minimize something or if i open up a folder on my desktop and shit. im just going to save up and buy ram and a harddrive. i really need more space and i cant stand the slowness!
     

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