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Slow Boot & Games!!

By danger_mouse
Dec 6, 2006
  1. I have a 100gb HD and its about full, now people would say uninstall some stuff but i have about 10 games which i play mostly all the time which does take up alot of space, and since the HD is nearly full i think this is the reason why boot up is slow and loading BF2 and CS:S maps are slow (very slow some times)

    The comps specs are:

    Intel Pentium 4 2.8ghz
    DDR 1gb ram
    256mb GeForce 6600

    So i think it can only be the HD. What do you guys think?

    I have been looking for a new HD, a bigger one, what do you think to these:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-020-SA

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-006-WD

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-087-SE

    All about the same price and all 250gb which should do me fine! I cant see much difference between them. Is there any major difference?

    Cheers guys!!
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Hi Danger_mouse and welcome to TechSpot!!!:)

    Of the 3 hard drives the first one will be the quickest as it is ata 133 and the other 2 are ata 100!!!

    What antivirus, antispyware, and firewall software do you use??
     
  3. danger_mouse

    danger_mouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Ad-Aware, Spybot and Zone Alarm Pro!!

    I take it the 1st HD i posted "should" fit? And the ata 133 is just the speed?
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    133 is its data transfer rate and yes it will fit provided you have enough room inside your case for it!!!!

    I'm assuming that you are going to add it rather than use it to replace your 100!! Is this correct??
     
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    133 is the maximum interface transfer rate. The drive itself will be much slower, so pay little attention to 100 vs 133.

    However, what does make drives faster are platter density, RPM and seek times.

    The Seagate is probably your best bet. It has the largest platter size available, utilizes a new technology called perpendicular storage (which appears to reduce latency) and comes with a 5 year warranty... And it may say ATA-100, but I seriously doubt that's even correct. It's a very new drive and I'm sure it supports ATA-133 - but either way - its a better drive than the other two... on paper, at least.
     
  6. danger_mouse

    danger_mouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Thanks for the help guys!

    rik: Im going to replace the 1 i have now and give it to my bro (who only has a 32gb HD lol) I "think" there is only room for 1 HD anyway. Do you know anywhere that is cheaper than overclockers?
     
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    While you are waiting to get your new hard drive, try defragmenting the one you have to speed it up a little.
     
  8. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

  9. danger_mouse

    danger_mouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Is it the higher the buffer speed the better? Or doesnt that really matter?
     
  10. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    The difference in speed between them is nanoceconds really!!!!

    Only one thing, if you intend to swap from the 100 to a new one, how do you intend going about sorting windows out?? Any plans as yet??
     
  11. danger_mouse

    danger_mouse TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

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