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Hi there

I am thinking of getting new HD as the one i have is getting filled up too quickly.

The drive i have at the moment is "WDC WD800AB-00CBA1" which is an IDE drive and was thinking of getting a SATA drive as was advised by someone.

my motherboard is:

and says is is ok for SATA connectors.

The connector for the power cable is differant on the SATA drive and looks like i will need an adapted which i have a link below.

Is This correct?

I have a cable that i got with my motherboard which is red and has the following "Serial ATA 26AWG LIAN PENG" on the side which looks like the data cable for the SATA drive.

Also should i have any problems with the amount of HD space as some people can only see 137GB or less and if i get a bigger drive than that will i be able to see it all as i have Windows XP Pro with SP2 installed (or will install with the new drive alone)
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Glad to here that its working out for you.

I hardly ever screw a HDD in before I know it is working. I do however, like to set it on the plastic it came with to keep it from shorting out (just in case).

lol. That is so many gigs that I bet it takes a while to format.
It does seem a lot but am not sure whether to boot from the new drive or just keep the old drive booting. It works fine at the moment booting from the old drive so why change when things are ok.

It took about 2 hours to format the thing, but lucky i was able to use the machine at the same time as i was formatting in windows instead of using the Windows XP disk.

I moved the "My documents" over to the new drive but was not sure about the page file and how to do that.

Will it make a difference with using the computer if i move the page file to the new drive and how do i do that?
If you move the pagefile you will notice a difference in the reaction time of windows. Depending on how much RAM you have you may or may not notice a change in other applications. Since you have 1 Gb of RAM you probably won't notice much of a difference unless you use some very powerful programs. I have 1 GB of RAM and the only time I ever need to use the pagefile is when I play Battlefield 2 or do video editing.

Windows loads files into the pagefile when there is not enough room in the RAM. The Pagefile is about ten times slower than RAM but it is much much cheaper to use a portion of your HDD than to add RAM. Even if you have enough RAM so that you don't use your pagefile, you will still see a SMALL difference as Windows will always use part of the pagefile to run its own processes.

To move your pagefile, right click on 'My Computer' and click 'Properties'. Now Click on the 'advanced' tab. Under performance click 'settings'. Now click on another 'advanced' tab. Now at the bottom under virtual memory click 'change'. There will now be a list of all your partitions. Select a partition on the drive you want to move the pagefile too. There will be a "Recomended" size for the page file towards the bottom of the window. Type that amount in both the initial and maximum columns. now click set. Now go back to the partition with your original Page file and select 'No paging file'. Now click 'Set' again. Click 'Ok' 'Apply' 'Ok' 'Apply' 'OK' and restart your computer.

Note: You may want to type the original amount into the initial and maximum boxes instead of the recomended. However, windows "Usually" does a very good job at recomending how large your pagefile should be.

Edit: I'm not exactly sure how much your recomended pagefile will be, but I too have 1 GB of RAM and the Recomended amount is 1531 Mb (just to give you an idea of how much your pagefile might be).
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Oh, just a little more about how the pagefile works, becuase it helps to know what you are doing if you understand it. Here is the reason windows will be more responsive by moving the pagefile to the 2nd HDD.

A HDD has to use a needle to search for the information. Becuase it has mechanicle parts, the HDD is the slowest part of your computer. (The only thing slower is when you read information from your a CD.) The disk that has Windows located on it is constantly being spun up to retrieve information for the operationg system and other software programs. When something is needed from the pagefile, the needle in the hard drive has to jump back and forth looking for information. When a drive is only used for DATA, it doesn't have to spin up unless that data needs to be retrived. Becuase it doesn't spin up as often, windows can be more responsive with the page file set on the second HDD. This is becuase the HDD does not have to jump back and forth as much looking for information.

Hope that my little rampage helps you out. I always like to understand what I am doing before I start clicking buttons.
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Startreker said:
It does seem a lot but am not sure whether to boot from the new drive or just keep the old drive booting. It works fine at the moment booting from the old drive so why change when things are ok.
You probably won't notice a difference by reformating windows. If your Operating system has become a little glitchy you will notice a difference by reinstalling it but that is a speed issue with the software and not your HDD. Like you said though, your operating system is fine so why mess with it. The only thing I can see helping is if your old drive is outdated (which I doubt it is). Some older drives spin at only 5400 RPM. You might want to check, to see how fast your old drive spins. If it is 7200RPM you probably won't notice a difference (hardware wise) if you move your operating system. If it is 5400 RPM I suggest reinstalling windows onto your new Hard drive. I HIGHLY doubt that your old drive is to slow. I would put money on it that your old drive is 7200 RPM, because the specs on your computer don't look very old.
Cheers Brum

I have not had a chance to check if my old HD is 7200RPM and will have to get some software to check that.

I changed the Pagefile and made the old drive have no Pagefile as you suggested.

I think i will keep the windows that i have instead of formatting unless i get a problem.

The system is running better but only 1 problem that is easily solved which is my 2nd DVD writer is asking to burn disks at 2x instead of 16x (which is what the disks and the writer are) they ask up to 16x on my other writer but can easily buy a new one to replace it if it gives any more problem.

It is not a hassle at all as i burn on the other drive anyway.

It is running the best for now (Until i fiddle with it again and do something i shouldn't, lol)

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I wouldn't even worry about finding software to look up your old drive. I bet it is 7200RPM. If you want to be sure though, just try googling the name and number on your HDD. Thats the easiest way to figure it out.

Glad it is running nicely for you. I don't know what to tell you about your DVD buurner. My first thought would be that your software doesn't support it but you say your otherone works so that can't be it. You could try finding an update for the firmware. Before you try updating that be warned though. In order to upgrade it the memory in it must be completely wiped clean, so that it can be rewritten. If something goes wrong your DVD burner will be usless and there is no fixing it. (I have done this about 5 times and never had anything go wrong but there is always a chance. The power could easily go out or something.)

Glad you got everything working good though.
Startreker said:
(Until i fiddle with it again and do something i shouldn't, lol)

I know that, LMAO. But that is where we all started out and I believe it is the best way to learn. Well, no, the best way to learn is to learn from someone else's mistakes, but how often do we actually do that?
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