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Change Hard Drive


ponytail

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I have just had my PC serviced and cleaned up at my local computer shop.I was told it would work much better with a larger capacity hard drive.It looks like the one I have is only 120gb and they have suggested getting a 500gb which would also speed it up.The problem is what drive to get how do I know what type I have ie Sata,Ate if those are makes of hard drives.Will it tell me somewhere on my Computer what I have installed already

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onthelimit1

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Trouble is DDR is so expensive compared with the more modern ones. Also, your mobo may not support more than around 3Gb, so I wouldn't put more than an extra 1Gb in.

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rickf

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Since yopu are asking about the hard drive it deoends also on the spin speed. There two 5400 or 7200 if |I remember correctly not withstanding all the other inputs from people.

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Ian in Northampton

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Is no one else slightly worried by this statement?

"I have just had my PC serviced and cleaned up at my local computer shop.I was told it would work much better with a larger capacity hard drive."

The OP has plenty of space left on the existing drive, and has an external drive. I struggle to believe that a larger hard drive will in any way make the PC "work much better". The cynic in me says it's someone trying to 'scare' a user into buying something they don't really need.

Or is it just me?

And I'd love to know what's involved in having it "serviced and cleaned".

As many of us know: there are many ways of speeding up a slow PC. Yes, memory is often one of them - but that's dependent on a host of things including operating system, application mix and so on. The OP could add memory and still not see much, if any, performance improvement.

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ponytail

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The one question that has not been mentioned is could I transfer the entire contents of the 120gb drive ie the C drive onto the 1TB external drive.Could the external drive become the master.What would be the result of me moving the contents of C drive to the external drive and would the C drive start to to fill up again.

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Ian in Northampton

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Ponytail: no, to all intents and purposes, you cannot use the external drive as a master. Your Windows installation and programs should remain on your internal/C: drive. You should transfer all your user files - documents, photos, music, spreadsheets and so on - to your external drive, which is what external drives are best for. Depending on how many/large your user files are, that should free up plenty of space on your master/C: drive. So long as you don't install any more programs, and so long as you set your applications to automatically save files to the external drive (or remember to transfer them across from time to time) you should be in good shape, and your C: drive will not start to get full again.

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