My XP desktop computer is over 5 years old. Good old XP has never been reloaded in that time, and needless to say, it's starting to groan a bit under the weight of software, accumulated crap and so on (although I do use Ccleaner regularly).
I've had no indications of HDD problems yet, but rather than waiting for my 5-yr-old hardworked Seagate IDE hard drive to fail, I've decided to buy a new drive, and put a new, clean XP installation on it. I'll then install my old drive as a slave and copy all my data across.
So - my question. What are the best brands of hard drive? And, even more importantly, are there any brands that are best avoided?
I'd install SATA drive and XP first, then fit IDE drive once you have it all running O.K. Be aware that current SATA drives are 300mb/s but your motherboard only supports SATA 150mb/s so the drive will need to be set SATA 150mb/s to enable it to be recognised. As you have a slipstreamed install disk you should have no problem installing to SATA as sp3 will see the drive.