need new hard drive

  cadena 12:53 04 Feb 2005

I need a new hard drive, as I have upgrade my Ram from 64 to 256, my resources are very low. I have got my details from the Belarc Adviser, so how do I get help on advising which hardrive to get, as you would need to see the information, so how do I send it to you? Help gratefully recieved...

  Modo 12:56 04 Feb 2005

What is your current hard drive - make model specifications?

  LastChip 13:01 04 Feb 2005

Your "resources are very low" does not necessarily mean you need a new hard drive.

Your hard drive, is simply a repository for files. If you "click" on your hard drive in Windows Explorer, you will be able to see how much free space you have.

Which operating system are you using?

Low resources, are often an indication that you are running far to many background programs. More about that if required later.

  FelixTCat 13:13 04 Feb 2005

Presumably this is Win95 or 98 - I din't think much else will run in 64 MByte (Please, not Windows 3.1!!!!)

  Micro-Man 13:15 04 Feb 2005

Your posting would suggest your pc is getting on a bit, hence the bios might not recognise a new hard disc without a bios upgrade (assuming one is available for your pc), so you may need to be careful how big you go. If you have not replaced a hard drive before then you may want to think twice about the bios upgrade as, if you mess up, your pc could well be rendered useless!

You would also need to partition and format your new hard drive before you can use it. You can use the fdisk dos command to do this if you're keen or you can use a utility like Partition Magic 8 (I've recently bought a new copy for about £20 through an Amazon reseller).

  Micro-Man 13:18 04 Feb 2005

With Win95 you're better off having partitions of less than 2Gb whilst Win98/Me possibly partitions no bigger than 32Gb are safest.

  Southernboy 13:22 04 Feb 2005

I use W98SE and have a 120Gb USB HD which appears to run OK.

Am I doing something wrong?

  LastChip 15:00 04 Feb 2005

But it does depend upon how old the motherboard is, and more specifically, what the BIOS will support.

  dan11 15:48 04 Feb 2005

You say

" I have got my details from the Belarc Adviser, so how do I get help on advising which hardrive to get, as you would need to see the information, so how do I send it to you?"

I don't know how you would do that in belarc. It would be better if you used everest home. click here
This is simmilar to belarc.

Download and open the programme. Click on the report tab at the top of the page and start the wizard. Pick system summary > plain text . Then copy and paste the info into the add new response box at the bottom of this page. click here

  cadena 15:42 05 Feb 2005

I have had to delete the last bit as I had too many words...what do you think?

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  LastChip 16:54 05 Feb 2005

First, as I suspected, your low system resources have nothing to do with your hard drive. The drive is small by today's standards, but you have nearly half of the capacity unused, so for you, it is not an issue.

Second. Norton anti-virus is installed, but the last update was 7/12/98! Norton is a very large consumer of system resources and is not well suited to running on a Win 98 platform. Even if it runs OK, your virus definitions are having little or no impact on any modern viruses, so you need to get up to date definitions one way or another and then rescan for possible problems.

You also need to check for unwanted programs auto-starting at start-up. Programmers (bless them) being who they are, all want their programs to start automatically and as a result, you gradually reduce available capacity within the system. Ge rid of all unnecessary start-ups, by going to, Start; Run; and type the command;


press OK and it will bring up a window with a number of tabs. The last one (Startup) will show you all the programs that are automatically starting up. Out of all of them, you only actually need, "System Tray" but "Task Monitor"and "Scan Registry" are also useful to keep running. Take a look at the entries and anything you don't need, deselect (un-tick).

Now use your computer for a while, and see if the situation has improved.

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