SATA Hard drives,worth changing?

  Septogenarian 15:34 30 Sep 2009

I suppose I will have to reluctantly upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out , but as it needs such a whacking ammount of hard drive space I wonder if it will work better with a multi gigb SATA hard drive which I will have to purchase ? ( my motherboard will support this ) At the moment I have an 80gb ATA hard drive and Windows 7 wont leave much room for anything else .

  sunnystaines 16:58 30 Sep 2009

easier to install, may be a fraction faster too, no jumpers to set either.

  BT 17:43 30 Sep 2009

I think the SATA data cables are awful, and the connections very sloppy. The PCW engineer who came to fix my PC under warrenty replaced them all, even though they were not the problem. He said he replaces them as a matter of course as they are so prone to cause problems.

  Quiller. 22:52 30 Sep 2009

I suppose I will have to reluctantly upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out

You don't have to, some will stick with Vista, XP or even windows 98se. ;-)

  morddwyd 10:23 01 Oct 2009

It takes 9 gig which still leaves you 71 for programmes and data.

If you need a lot more than that why not get an external hard drive.

  wee eddie 10:53 01 Oct 2009

The PCW Tech was almost certainly bullshitting.

  BT 16:59 01 Oct 2009

Bullshitting or not he changed them anyway. Didn't cost me anything so I didn't mind. When I had to replace one of the drives some months later I thought the drive end connections were no where nearly as secure and solid as IDE ones.

  DieSse 17:15 01 Oct 2009

"I suppose I will have to reluctantly upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out"

Why? f you're happily running XP now, why change?

If you have a system with an 80GB drive, that suggests to me that the system is not so recent. Can it cope with Win7?

Does it have enough RAM - a fast enough processor?

  ambra4 04:47 02 Oct 2009

Why do people feel that you need a 3.00 GHz Processor with a 160 – 500 GB Hard Drive to

run Windows 7 or even Windows XP

Minimum System Requirements For Windows 7

1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Processor

1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

DirectX 9 Graphics Card with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

At the moment I have a Dell Dimension 1000 Desktop with a 1 GHz Processor

1 GB RAM and a 60GB hard drive and running Windows 7 RC without any problems

Loaded with tons of Mp3 files over 50 programs and still have 28GB of hard drive space

Minimum System Requirements For Windows XP Professional

500Mhz or higher.32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Processor

128 MB of RAM or higher recommended

15GB Hard Drive

800 by 600 Resolution Display Card

  Strawballs 22:24 02 Oct 2009

I know what you mean, when XP first came out 250meg of ram was considered more than enough but now if you say you only got 250meg you get "well that's where your problem is you need at least 500meg for XP".

I ran it on a 550meg AMDK62 with 128meg of ram at first.

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