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New Hard Drive Advice

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  1. markwalker

    markwalker Thread Starter

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    Hi there,

    I've had my current computer for about 5 years now and i think my Hard Drive needs upgrading. I'd like a completley new one about 160GB in size.

    Does anyone have any advice on which one to get?, where from?, what type? and is there a thread on here on how to complete this transfer??

    I'd probably wanna ditch my old Hard Drive and just use my new one.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. etaf

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    well you need to make sure your bios will support a larger drive
    How big is the one you have
    also make model of PC and/or motherboard will help

    What do you do with the PC - if video/image editing then you may want a fast RPM one - although I have slow 5400 i think with 2MB cache - and photo editing is OK for me.

    I asume you have a full version of windows to install from
    Remember you will need the installation discs for all your programs
    you can add the old drive to the system to copy data - but not programs

    You may need to use ghost if you dont have any CD's with software on

    portable harddrives are quite cheap now - i just got a USB 300GB drive for £120
    something to think about - if you have USB2
     
  3. markwalker

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    OK Didn't know it depended on what Mother Board you had on checking with the CPU-Z programme it looks like i have a DELL COMPUTER CORP. Model Number OG1548, is this what Info you need? The one i have at the moment is 80 GB

    I mainly use the computer for watching movies and playing music, i am NOT a PC Gamer.

    I'm looking for an internal hardrive for a PC
     
  4. etaf

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    whats the DELL make/model of PC cant find a lot on tht number - is that the TAG number - they may have the harddrive max info or even a bios info/upgrade etc on there website
    there are ways around max size with overlays but not recommended.

    On dell site you can enter the TAG number and get all sorts of info and upgrades for your PC
     
  5. markwalker

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    Whats the difference between SATA & IDE Drives? and could i use either??
     
  6. Skivvywaver

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    I doubt you are going to be able to use sata on a 5 year old machine. You would need an IDE for sure.
     
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    Try to go with one with a 5 year warranty, like Seagate.
     
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    Since you mention a 5 year old PC, I suggest you check the BIOS date. Mid to late 2002 is when most BIOS versions started supporting LBA48 to enable attachment of hard disks larger than 128gigs. Look into the possibility of a BIOS upgrade if yours is older than that.
     
  9. markwalker

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    How do I check the BIOS date?
     
  10. ~Candy~

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    You should see that info as the computer starts up.
     
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  12. markwalker

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    OK i have used Everest and this is what it tells me:
     

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  13. ~Candy~

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    Go to the bios tab.
     
  14. markwalker

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    Whoops..... Here is Bios page
     

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