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need help to choose hd

By fajoo24
Apr 14, 2006
  1. hi people,

    i have some question which i seek answers. I currently have 40gb Seagate Barracuda hd. i have Athlon xp 2100+ on MSI KM4AM mobo with 786 mb of ram.... i m going to expand the capacity to 120 gb... wht i wanna know is:

    should i sell my current hd and buy a new 120 gb hd or can i stick with my current hd n get another 80 gb...i m gonna buy sata so also i wanna know if sata n my baracuda can be run together or not... (i m confused bout should i buy seagate sata 80/120 gb or western digital 80/120 gb with 8 mb cache as both have 7200 rpm, which is better in terms of performance..

    Can a normal barracuda n a sata whn run together cause any problem in terms of performance.. :dead:
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Check you mobo manual if you can run SATA as non-Raid.
    On that old(er) mobo, it's better anyway to buy an additional 80 or 120GB IDE harddisk and keep your old one.
    Seagate Barracuda would be perfect. It's more important to have a low access-time than a big HD-cache.
    With such a low-performance CPU you wouldn't notice the difference between SATA and IDE.
     
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