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5,400rpm or 7,200rpm HDD??

By RustyZip ยท 29 replies
Jun 19, 2002
  1. SuperCheetah

    SuperCheetah TS Rookie Posts: 709

    Thanks for the explanation Phantasm. :)

    I believe I've cut off the page file in XP Pro or at least have in the past before I reformatted, because I have a good bit of memory. Or maybe it was the virtual memory, I'm not sure. I tend to keep things pretty clean on my computer so I don't really have this issue, but I do see where other's computers might become slow and fragmented because of an unattended page file that gets very large.

    As for the CD layout issue, I tend to keep all my downloads on my comp in my media partition, because I have plenty of space. Again, I do see where this is handy for people with smaller hard drives who download tons of music or movies.
  2. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 322

    Thanks once again guys...

    A few things though:

    1>If i put my Swap File on a seperate partition, how large should i make that partition?? Is there a way to find out how big the swap file usually is, then add a bit for safety's sake??

    2> I thought all Apps & Games etc wrote to the registry, requiring me to re-install after every re-format. Is that not so then, and how to tell??

    3> I thought that having 2 drives on 1 cable makes them go as fast as the slowest (if you see what i mean). Is that right?? And if so, wouldn't that mean putting my WD 80 Gig drive & CD drive on 1 cable make the hard drive as slow as the CD Drive??

    4> err Rick, i think you got me confused with someone else, my 2 Hard Drives are (will be) 80 Gig and 40 Gig, not 80 Gig and 8 Gig. Does that make any difference??

    5> Pantasm66: Where do you download your episodes & movies from?? Are they of decent quality?? Because the ones i get are always of a crap quality and thumbnail size!! Any info??

    6> I love you guys:D

    7> err, scrap that last one:eek:
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Take the amount of physical memory. Multiply by 1.5. That is the size you shall make the maximum size of the page file. Now, we want the partition to have a healthy 25% extra free space. So add 25% to the size.


    I have 256 MB RAM.
    1.5 x 256 is 384.
    384 divide by 100 times 125 = 480

    So we could make the partition say 500 MB or so.

    However, perhaps we shall factor in a possible upgrade to 512 MB so double we get 1 GB.

    Does it appear in the registry when you open regedit? It should be somewhere around HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE under the name of the company that made the game.

    Often, the entry here is only for the purposes of software bookkeeping or to give the game an add/remove programs entry. By and large this will probably not be necessary because when the game was installed it probably only wrote files to its own directory and not windows folder, etc. (i.e if we want to uninstall we just delete the folder containing the game's files, i.e g:\quakeIII\ or something....)

    In any case, if you kept the game's files on another partition, formatted your OS partition, reinstalled and without reinstalling the game you can still run the .exe file and all is well, then all you have to do is create another shortcut to the .exe file and everything is cool.

    I think you are a little confused with several bits of info, some of which only refers to SCSI devices.

    With IDE, the controller is built onto the device, as opposed to on the adapter (SCSI), so the master device's controller drives the master and slave device. One would seek to have the device with the most effective controller (probably the newest or most powerful device) as master in most cases. But exceptions can occur.

    I'm not Rick.

    Its Phantasm66 not Pantsman66.

    I use a number of different sources including kazaalite (www.kazaalite.com) , IRC channels and newsgroups. Kazaa lite is probably your best for ease of use, IRC and newsgroups are the best for sourcing the latest stuff more quickly, and often in a more stable manner, as you will be often downloading from a dedicated file sharing server as opposed to just some other dude's HDD as in kazaa lite. Downloading from IRC is more complex but in general you will find help from other people hanging around in the channel. Finding the right channels to go to in the first place is harder. You just have to look around the internet community and ask about. A lot of the media from IRC DCC file servers winds up available on kazaa anyway it just takes a little longer. If you are not bothered about getting the very latest stuff right away as quickly as possible, kazaa is great. but download kazaa lite which contains no spyware.

    Don't lie you do love us. Admit it you admire our superior computing powers! ;)
  4. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 322

    Thanks Phantasm66 for your reply...
    Jeez, i seem to be saying "cheers" & "thanks" to you nearly every day:D
    I think i'll just put "Thanks Phantasm66" in my signature!!!:) :D :grinthumb :D

    Anyway, for the reply above /\

    1> Ok, i'll make the swap file partition 1 Gig

    2> Ok, i'll have a seperate partition for games & apps and try it

    3> Im always confused - forgive me. So is this the best way to go:
    Primary: Master: 80Gig 7,200rpm
    Slave : 40Gig 5,400rpm
    Secondary: Master: CD-RW
    Slave : CD Rom

    4> Sorry, that was meant for rick...

    5> I've tried Kazaa-lite, its ok, but thats where i get the "crap" thumbnail movies. I'll have to join a newsgroup server thingy and try it (i'll post a new thread about questions about that)

    6 & 7> Ok, Ok, i admit it - i admire your superior computing powers:D
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    That's the setup I prefer.

    I think Tom's Hardware is assuming you'll be using your other hard disk heavily though, which if that is the case, it really should be on a seperate channel from your other hard disk.

    If you are not going to use it often, then it does not really matter where you put it. I do recommend keeping your CDRW off of your primary master's IDE channel though.
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