Best Hard Drive to buy?

By Amina
Feb 18, 2006
  1. I have a Compaq presario 4410US with a 40GB UltraDMA Hard Drive. From time to time, I hear repettitive clicking and my friend said that indicates the hard drive is "dying". Could someone please tell me which hard drive would be compatible for my PC? This is the first time I had to replace the hard drive since it was purchased in 2002. Also, should the hard drive be interal or external? Thank You :bounce:
  2. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Hi. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions just yet. My oldest computer I've had since like 1998 makes clicking sounds from the hard drive too. It's been making that sound for like 3 years now and it still functions. I don't store anything important on that drive. I mainly use that computer for downloading songs and stuff like that. Anyways, If anything important is on that drive, I suggest you back it up now. As for what a good drive to buy is, I would go with a SATA(Serial ATA) over a PATA(parallel ATA) drive. The difference is:

    Thinner cabling due to SATA drive sending data serially instead of in parallel which requires far less wires.

    The cable length is more than twice the length(39.4 inches(SATA) opposed to 18 inches IDE(PATA).

    SATA is hotswappable(you don't have to power down the pc)

    SATA's serial data rate is like 30 times faster than PATA.

    If your Mobo doesnt have SATA controller sockets, you can add one via a PCI card.

    I found this link for a 100 gig SATA drive. Not bad price.

    So I hope this helps. Maybe when you get your new drive you can use the old one as a backup or second drive.

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot, of course internal.
  3. Amina

    Amina TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hello and Thank you for your assistance :) Another reason why I was worried about the clicking is because my computer would temporarily "freeze" and sometimes continue working. I did a few virus and anti spyware scans and they turned up nothing. I have save most of my documents and files I wanted to keep, however, I want to save a few software applications and I am not sure how to do it.
  4. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Which software applications do you want to save?
  5. Amina

    Amina TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Paintshop Pro 7 and the plugins I have with it.
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