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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 01:41 PM

While extracting .rar files this morning my hard drive became full :huh: . It only had 36kb remaining out of 71gb.... So I went through and deleted some old stuff I didn't need and am back up to 13gb. My problem is now, I know I'll eventually be getting more games, music, etc, and I want to keep the rest of the stuff still on my hard drive.

I know I want to build a new computer within the next year, and I was also thinking that I could buy a new hard drive now then put it into a new computer eventually. My one problem is that this computer uses ATA100 right now, and I know newer drives use Sata. So what could I do? I want to make my next computer future proof, but I need to use old technology now. One of my ideas was to go with an external hard drive, but those are a bit expensive looking. Also, I was thinking maybe getting a 250gb 7200rpm, preferably with 8m cache (does that make a difference in performance then 2m cache?). So should I just get another ATA100 drive and eventually put it into a new system that has support for sata? Would that work real well?

I remember getting this computer about 2 years ago and thinking, "Wow 80gb is a lot, I'll never fill this!" Man was I wrong :thumbsup: .

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Edited by Sterling14, 27 July 2007 - 01:42 PM.

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:13 PM

I would go the external route, probably easier in the long run. plus, your storage needs always fill up your available space, no matter how large your drive[s] are. :thumbsup:

More cache is always better.


If you get an ata hdd, you might need to purchase an ata controller card for the new machine.

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:14 PM

The larger the cache the fewer read/writes the drive needs to perform which takes time. Depending on the drive there won't be a noticeable difference between ATA/133 and SATA I however there is a difference between the SATA II which transfers data at up to 300 MB a second. Your stuck between a rock and a hard place The ATA/133 drive will work in the new computer provided it has an available IDE connection but it won't be the fastest available. They do make SATA external cases that connect to the computer through USB 2.0 a quick search found This.
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:50 PM

You could hit up the newegg.com and get a PCI SATA controller, the cheaper ones are like 15-20$.

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 05:20 PM

I would buy a good dvd burner and transfer to that, dvd's are so cheap

ide is being phased out and that dvd burner would move to a newer computer with no waste
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 05:26 PM

Thanks for the replies! I was looking at these: Hard Drive

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Time to save up my pennies :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 05:57 PM

do you have usb2?
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 06:16 PM

I think.

Actually now, I'm looking into an ide to sata converter adapter. My friend has an extra molex (4 pin power) to sata power cable I could bum off him. If someone could help me find something of the sort, for real cheap, I'd appreciate it.
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 08:54 PM

You could hit up the newegg.com and get a PCI SATA controller, the cheaper ones are like 15-20$.


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Posted 27 July 2007 - 09:41 PM

I needed some of those adapters, I bought three from ebay, http://cgi.ebay.com/SATA-POWER-CABLE-4-Pin...1QQcmdZViewItem

even though the guy is in canada, they only took a week to get to me.
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 01:22 AM

lol, Sneaky we learn something everyday. I'm new to these forums, and I'm to fixing xbox mod problems at afterdawn.com, its nice to finally talk about standard computer problems.




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