Hard Drive

  Ritchbee 11:04 24 Aug 2007

I've been informed that my hard drive is on the way out. I back up to an external one so no problem there.

My question is that does it make any difference what make of new one you buy?.

Currently it's a 120gb 7200rpm.


  Thalmus 11:18 24 Aug 2007

The only difference you need to worry about is if it is a IDE or a SATA drive. The easiest way to find out is to look at the cable going to your hard drive. If it is a very wide flat cable you have IDE, if it is a small cable you got a SATA. Company wise it really makes no difference although the big boys are Western Digital and Segate. Then just go for the biggest you can afford

  Ritchbee 11:22 24 Aug 2007

I think its IDE but will check tonight thanks for advice.

  paul€ 11:25 24 Aug 2007

If it is an IDE hard drive then get a 7200rpm hard drive. Also get the one with the biggest cache on the drive. 16mb is best, 8Mb is good and 2mb will be slower.

If you do use a SATA hard drive, check if your motherboard can take SATA11 drives. These are much faster than the original SATA1 drives.

As to the make of drive you can use what you want to.

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