HDD Dilemma!!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by LocKStocK, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. LocKStocK

    LocKStocK Smokin & Jokin

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    I'm going to invest in a new hardrive in the near future
    but I am concerned about which hardrive should go where:)

    Here's my current setup....

    Primary Master (OS installed on here): 20gb Quantum Fireball 7200rpm 2mb cache

    Primary Slave (Keep s**t on here): 60gb Maxtor Fireball 7200rpm 2mb cache

    My future HDD will be a 120gb Maxtor Fireball 7200rpm 8mb cache...

    My 20gb is going bye bye but I don't know which HDD to install XP on....
    The 60 or the 120...
    Somebody told me its best to have Windows on the HDD with the
    bigger memory cache....is that true???

    I usually store as much stuff as possible on the HDD with no OS
    therefore it won't clutter up Windows....

    PLEASE POST YOUR VIEWS!!!
     
  2. Dipsomaniac

    Dipsomaniac So Very Tired

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    Well, I'd put Windows on the newer drive (since it's almost certainly also a faster drive), but there's no reason why you wouldn't partition the 120Gb out first. I have an 80Gb drive and I have 3 partitions on it - 1 15 Gb for Windows + apps, 1 35 Gb for games, and 1 25 Gb for misc. crap.
     
  3. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Yeah what dipso said, but here's another variation on the same theme:

    drive 1 partition 1 - 15 gigs for windows and "business apps"
    drive 1 partition 2 - 30 gigs, games, saved downloads, pathces, and a large fixed size pagefile.

    drive2 partition 1 - 15 gigs (this is an image copy of HD P1 that i copy over once a week when everythign is running smooth. I use partition magic to do that.
    drive 1 partition 2 - bulk stuff i don't use taht often and backup of my patch collection, mp3's etc.
    drive 2 partition 3 - an empty directory i use to dump cdrw images to, etc

    I'd juggle it a little since you'll have 120 on HD 1 and 60 on HD 2. but you get teh idea. also hd one letters can be set past your cdrw, dvd etc i,j,k...
     
  4. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    oops meant HD2's letter can be moved past the cd's etc.

    makes for easier accsess. The partitions and letter moves are doen from administrative tools. Do a help seacrh if you can't find it The disk maanagement tools are WELL hidden.
     
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    The new disk for the OS for sure. And as said before, make a partition for Windows (20-40 gig or so).
     
  6. LocKStocK

    LocKStocK Smokin & Jokin

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    Woohoo!:D

    Alrighty then, thx for help guys!!
    One more question:
    Should I install Office XP and other applications on the partition with XP on?
     
  7. jroc

    jroc Guest

    I have a A7V333 w/Raid..but use the Lumberjack Tweaked Bios and I have 4 Maxtors ATA 133 (Maxtor DiamondMax 9's)...2 on the Promise Controller Full UDMA 133...which will also accomadate CDR/CDRW/DVD or any other ATAPI Device....no reason to ditch the 20gig HDD if you have a IDE to put it on...at least it will hold backups
     
  8. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Your choice really. Doesn't matter much.