I'm getting a new hard drive to replace my slow 5200 rpm drive. I am convinced its slowing the whole system up.
I am thinking of getting a 7200 rpm drive and wondering if my motherboard is compatible with it?
Here's two drives I found: HP 80GB SATA 7200RPM ATA-150 £69 or SEAGATE 160GB 7200RPM 8Mb ATA-100 £45
Is it really worth spending more money to get the ATA-150 ?
Any comments would be appreciated.
my spec: Motherboard: CPU Type AMD Athlon XP-A, 1913 MHz (5.75 x 333) Motherboard Name : Gigabyte GA-7N400E-L (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DIMM, Audio, LAN) Motherboard Chipset: nVIDIA nForce2 400 System Memory : 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM) BIOS Type : Award Modular (08/02/04) Front Side Bus Properties: Bus Type DEC Alpha EV6 Bus Width 64-bit Real Clock 166 MHz (DDR) Effective Clock 333 MHz Bandwidth 2662 MB/s
Chipset Bus Properties: Bus Type HyperTransport v1.0 Bus Width 8-bit
Motherboard Physical Info: CPU Sockets/Slots 1 Expansion Slots 5 PCI, 1 AGP RAM Slots 4 DIMM Integrated Devices Audio, LAN Form Factor ATX Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm Motherboard Chipset nForce2-400 Extra Features EasyTune 4
BIOS Properties: Vendor Award Software International, Inc. Version F4 Release Date 08/02/2004 Size 256 KB Boot Devices Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120 Capabilities Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD Supported Standards DMI, APM, ACPI, PnP Expansion Capabilities PCI, AGP, USB
When I replaced my hd just before Xmas, I got like for like, apart from the speed, everything else was the same (ATA 100 etc). I replaced with a Seagate 80gb 7200rpm, and what a difference. It really is alot faster.
DieSse is correct. click here to view the GA-7N400E-L's specs.
The best IDE drive you could use would be a ATA-133 (not that you'd notice any difference between ATA- 100/133) & 16Mb cache - like this one for example: Maxtor DIAMONDMAX 10 250GB IDE 16MB Cache click here. G
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