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Solved: Need Advise On Hard Drive Upgrade

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  1. Mr-Steve

    Mr-Steve Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Optiplex 170L Mini tower with the following specs :

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 2045 Mb
    GeForce 6200 graphics card
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 76245 MB, Free - 31167 MB; D: Total - 76290 MB, Free - 68850 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0U2575
    Antec25 430 watt power supply

    You can see the complete details here on CNet :
    http://www.cnet.com/products/dell-optiplex-170l/specs/

    My Question is this :

    I am considering upgrading my Hard Drive to a Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Can I do this ?
    Will it help speed up my internet browsing ? I deal with alot of weather graphics.
    This computer isn't the fastest thing around. So I am trying to upgrade where I can to help speed it up.

    Thank you for your help
     
  2. peterh40

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    It will speed up booting up the computer and loading programs. But I am not sure it will speed up browsing as that depends on your ADSL modem and network speed more than the Hard disk.
     
  3. Mr-Steve

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    Peterh40 ,

    That was what I was thinking also .
    The only reason I wasn't sure is because today I was looking at a Weather Radar site , and as the Radar was trying to load I could hear my Hard Drive start speeding up to it's max. So I thought maybe a fast Hard Drive would result in faster loading.
     
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    harddrives spin at a constant speed............ maybe the cpu fan u are hearing spin up faster because it is dirty and needs cleaning?
     
  5. Triple6

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    The computer is ancient, an SSD won't fix that. Also, the computer doesn't have SATA ports and nearly all SSD's are SATA not PATA/IDE, the few that exist are expensive and slow compared to SATA versions.

    Realistically if you want a faster computer then you need to buy a newer system, it's a Pentium 4 and that can't be fixed.
     
  6. Mr-Steve

    Mr-Steve Thread Starter

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    Thanks Triple6 ,

    I was kind of thinking that , but have been holding out hope for some kind of upgrade to help me . I guess I will have to start saving for a new PC . This one isn't bad for the $50 that I paid for it. I guess I have just out grown it and need something with more power .
     
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