Upgrading Hard Drive

  goll_y 18:10 23 Apr 05

I've currently got a second computer storing all my digital music. Unfortunately the computer is suffering from the weight of MP3 files and I'd like to upgrade the hard drive to cope a little better. Should I be using this as a slave or completely removing the first and adding in the other therefore just having one hard drive?

I've put what I've got at the moment and wondered whether anyone would be able to point me in the direction of a larger size hard drive. Thanks.

Operating System - XP Home (Service Pack 2)
CPU Type - Intel Pentium IIIE, 600 MHz
Motherboard Name - Intel Seattle II SE440BX-2 (2 ISA, 4 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM)
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Motherboard Chipset - Intel 82440BX
BIOS Type - Phoenix (11/5/99)
Current Disk Drive - Western Digital Corporation (WDC WD204BA 19GB IDE).

  Diodorus Siculus 18:20 23 Apr 05

Depends on what you mean by "suffering from the weight of MP3 files". If simply that you are out of space, then add another as slave and continue on.

  goll_y 18:37 23 Apr 05

Yeah out of space. C: drive shows 17.8GB used space. 1.12BG available and it's slowed to a crawl.

Can I just buy any sized and make of hard drive is what I meant, sorry!

  Totally-braindead 18:52 23 Apr 05

Yes you can buy any size/make of hard drive but it must be an IDE drive not the newer SATA drive and for speed you're better buying the faster 7200 rpm ones with a 8mb buffer rather than the 5400 rpm ones with the 2mb buffer. Also you would benefit more by making the new drive the master with Windows installed on it and keeping the old drive for just your MP3s as the newer drive would be quicker than what you have.

  Diodorus Siculus 18:56 23 Apr 05

You might find some limitations are imposed by your BIOS. Check with the mobo manufacturer and check BIOS revision number.

  Totally-braindead 18:58 23 Apr 05

Diodorus Siculus you're quite right I never even thought of that.

  goll_y 19:18 23 Apr 05

any idea where I can find out about the limitations? Not sure what to look for!

  dan11 22:45 23 Apr 05

Your LBA maximum should be 61000Mb, so it should take a 60gig hard drive.

  goll_y 08:42 24 Apr 05

Thanks dan11. I'm thinking about a 40G since I've already got 19G in there.

  dan11 17:59 24 Apr 05

Hi goll_y

It should be fine with a 40gig. That should ease the pressure for awhile.

Good luck.;-)

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