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Upgrading Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by iissmart, Jan 19, 2004.

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  1. iissmart

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    I currently have a 60GB Maxtor hard drive, and I am planning on buying a larger one, perhaps a 200GB or larger. I have a few questions before I go out and buy one:

    How much should I plan on spending for a hard drive?

    What is a good brand to buy from?

    Should I get a 7,200 rpm or 10,000 rpm hard drive?

    Can I transfer my files on my old hard drive to the new one without losing/corrupting some of the files? Will I still have all the shortcuts and start menu items when I transfer? Will it be exactly the same as with the smaller hard drive except with more space?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. stod73

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    Why do you need such a large hard drive? What operating system?
     
  3. LONGHAIR

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    This is one of the most common questions around.

    My general advice;
    Assuming that there is nothing "physically" wrong with the 60gig drive, leave it as it is and install the larger "new" drive as a slave to the original drive.
    There are lots of places to buy them, many with rebates. You'll have to check with local dealers or go for an on-line place like Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com. Prices vary from week to week though because of sales and promotions.
    I have had good service from Western Digital and IBM drives in my own machines and installed several Maxtor drives for others.
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    200 gig Seagate just went off sale Saturday at CompUSA for $99 after rebates. I'm sure it'll be back around again.
     
  5. iissmart

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    well, LONGHAIR, i just happened to notice that when i boot up my computer, i get a message that says "WARNING: BACK UP ALL FILES ON HARD DRIVE AND REPLACE IMMEDIATELY. A FAILURE IS IMMINENT"...so i'm guessing that i will need to copy all the files to another hard drive...

    also, i'm using Windows 2000

    and the reason i'm buying such a large hard drive is because i have a lot of games, and i download massive files of the internet, so i need space to put them all....plus, with a large hard drive, i won't need to worry about the space issues for a long, long, time...
     
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    Just for fun, you might check Maxtor's website, it still could be under warranty. And I speak from experience, that message isn't kidding ;)
     
  7. stod73

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    You'd be better off buying 2 (or more, depending on how many your PC will support) 80gb hard drives for around $75 a piece. Costs more but this way you aren't putting all your eggs in one basket.
     
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    I personally think you should stick with Maxtor brand. I have an 80GB Maxtor HD, its great. No problems at all. You should probably stick to 7200RPM also, 10 000RPM isn't too advisable unless you've got a nice HD cooling solution, even the 7200's run rather hot sometimes. If you're interested in a *slightly* bigger hard drive than what you've got now, visit www.wintroniccomputers.com I got my Maxtor drive there, they've got the one I got for $99 CDN, thats only about $70 USD.

    EDIT: Even better idea to go with the 120GB Maxtor drive for $120 CDN, its more in your range I think.
     
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    Boo-yah!!!
     
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    how do i find the serial number of my hard drive?
     
  14. ~Candy~

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    Should be on the top of it.
     
  15. iissmart

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    ok, status report:
    • The hard drive either got a virus, or started failing, because nothing worked...basically the only thing i could do on the computer was turn it on and off (i'm pretty sure it was a combination of both...)
    • I went and bought a 160 GB hard drive for a great deal ($60)
    • I put it in, installed stuff, changed settings to my liking, then i realized that i only partitioned 127 GB of the hard drive
    • I went to try to partition the rest, but it didn't see any more of the hard drive...
    • Then, the new hard drive couldn't boot up...something about a file missing in the Windows 2000 installation...
    so, currently, I am reformatting the 127 GB partition into NTFS to reinstall windows on it...

    But the main question here is...how do I get the hard drive to see the rest of the space?
     
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