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hard drive replacement -pros & cons

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by norco1, Jul 31, 2002.

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  1. norco1

    norco1 Thread Starter

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    i intend to upgrade my dell dim L (7.5 gb) with a 40 gb hard drive. it seems simply copying to the new drive would be more convenient. is there a benefit to leaving both drives in? please advise.
     
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    The obvious thing would be the extra storage . Also can use the old drive to backup important files/e-mails ( in case that the main drive "goes out"). Also can put the virtual swap file onto it ( thus having less fragmentation). Also can install an OS and "play around " with it , without the fear of loosing anything ( as in , on the main drive Windows and on the secondary drive Linux)
    Oh yea , i forgot about con's. Since you add a new drive , space inside the computer can became limited ( as in cramped) thus traping more hot air making the computer run hotter .... and since heat is not good to the computer :)
    Also might have a power supply issue ( since you add a new peripheral which will "suck " from the power supply). It's less likely since a hard drive usualy uses 10-15 W, but you never know.
     
  3. norco1

    norco1 Thread Starter

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    thanks active 95 for your expertise, time and interest. will certainly take your advise seriously purchase time.
     
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    My pleasure :)
     
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