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Some questions about a new 250gb harddrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by the_master_josh, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. the_master_josh

    the_master_josh Specialist

    My 30gb harddrive in my computer died a few weeks ago and a scoured the stores for a new hd. I found a Maxtor 250gb hard drive on sale at Fry's for $140. It was a great deal for the space but I have some questions on it's performance. It's P-ATA 133 with an 8mb cache,a seek time of 9.3ms and rotates at 7,200 RPM. I do a lot of multiasking with Everquest and just general gaming so my pagefile is huge and constantly used. I also do some video editing.

    My real question is how does it rate for my needs. Should I look at buy another smaller hard drive to use as my main or keep use this as my only hard drive?

    I have the hard drive split into two partitions right now and am wondering which partion actually is on the outside of the platters so I can properly put the pagefile in it's place? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Freddy

    Freddy Sergeant

    I have the drive. Its currently the only drive, and I use a separate partition for the pagefile, but don't see (and didn't expect) a performance improvement. I have a rig with the swapfile on separate drives and it was noticably faster. So I would definately recommend a keeping the old drive - wherever you put the OS, keep the swapfile on the other one.
     
  3. the_master_josh

    the_master_josh Specialist

    Unfortunately my old hard drive is dead :( The only other hard drive I've got is an old 12gb ata 33 hard drive I took from my grandpa before he threw it away (I only had a 30gb hd at the time)
     

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