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200gb Hdd?


OSNN Junior Addict
Just want to know if there are any down sides to gettting a 200GB HDD ?
Like seek times, obviously scandisk and defrag will take longer but yeah ... any CONS ?

Kind Regards


Debiant by way of Ubuntu
They will not necessarily take longer - depends on the buffer and speed of the fdrive and type of data - there is no way it is necessarily going to take longer (think about it, the data could be on "cylinder zero" or whatever, the first one, for any drive regardless of size).

You can consider striping the drive if you want to increase speed - these days there are a lot of people moving toward RAID and SATA drives also - these have their own pros rather than any cons.

Consider your needs and priorities - then make a more informed choice, maybe? Also remember if you keep all your data on one large drive you will need to try to cover that from a backup point of view too... Just a thought.


OSNN Addict
One lil thing


One thing id like to point out regardless what any revies on the net says is that with the hard drives stick for normal everyday PATA Hard drives as my 2nd job i work for a IT Wholesaler and it is amazing how many SATA hard drives come back faulty... apparently the SATA Raptors seem alright otherwise try and stay clear of SATA otherwise if you already got one good luck...
Dan04 said:
apparently the SATA Raptors seem alright otherwise try and stay clear of SATA otherwise if you already got one good luck...
oh crap. i hope you're right. i just purchased a wd 74gb 10k rpm sata raptor.

/crosses fingers ;)


Debiant by way of Ubuntu
stay calm

koko said:
oh crap. i hope you're right. i just purchased a wd 74gb 10k rpm sata raptor.

/crosses fingers ;)
don't worry, someone else on the site was raving about theirs (think they had dual set up in RAID!).... anyway at 10k they are NOT quiet, but their speed is screaming, esp. if you have them in RAID.... Just have to be prepared for that kinda jet engine sound effect! ;)


OSNN Addict
yeh the raptors are fine just somethin bout their standard satas it could be just the whole shiploads were gettin who knows :p


Quazatron R6 droid
Actually, nowerdays if you get something like Diskeeper Pro or the one I use on my system O&O defrag pro, your hard-drive can be hot defragged while using other programs (although not of course on the partition you are using which is why I use multiple partitions)

O&O defrag on my system tends to go off and defrags bits when it urgently needs defragging after a certain amount of idle CPU time which eliminates the need to leave the computer on overnight or over a weekend and situations where you can half-fall asleep waiting for the defrag process to finish.


Dabba Dooba
Political User
2 20gigs r fine with me i am really only usin around 20gb if u add all the space used on both drives together. Also i would hate to format a 200gb :|


Mentally Absent
yeah, but in the case of my new pc, dual sata raptor drives, in raid 0. In raid setup like that, it takes just as long to stripe partition the two drives as one and format as it does to format just one of the drives, theoretically speaking. I didnt mind waiting for a good thing.


OSNN Junior Addict
Cheers fellas, yeah i wasnt going to get a SATA, i have had some HELL troubles with them, im gonna wait till they refine them and revision them up ... coz there SUS !!!

Well it seems there isnt to much wrong with the 200GB.
Time to go buy it heheeh




OSNN Senior Addict
I'm still on this 28GB drive. If you don't want to go through the process of a long format on one of these huge drives. I suggest you partition your hard drive.

Having things installed on partitions helps to not have a cluttered C drive and it's easier to backup data and if things go wrong you might have a better chance at recovering your data.


Sick of it all.
external HD maybe

Try maybe try an extenal HD or a slave. Either way you can keep all your current settings n stuff without goin through any kinda rigga-marroo, and just use the external to keep everything backed up. You can also partition it and use something like norton ghost to back up all your settings so if u do ever crash(god forbid) even your desktop,themes, etc are backed up just how you like em. I use a usb2 external HD just for storage space...it was one of the best investments I ever made.


Blame me for the RAZR's
just dont put your c: on it if you formate alot.. windows only sees 132 gigs i think and you have to do a few trhings diffrent that make it a bit longer in formating.

i love my 250..


OSNN Junior Addict
Im more then likely going to be using it just for storage ... and keep my 40Gb as my Primary, im going to a big lan soon, so i can leech heaps thats all.


OSNN Junior Addict
new 200gb hard drive problem?

I've just bought a new WD 200gb harddrive my bios sees 200.1gb but my windows 2000 sees only 128gb what am I doing wrong?:confused: help


Spammer representing.
Political User
Your motherboard has to be 46bit logical addressing compliant, you can beat windows or any other O/S to death but the motherboard has to work first.

XP does however require SP1 be installed.

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