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#1 Tomo2

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 10:43 PM

This may be a dumb question as I don't know to much about internals.

Hi I recently had a Windows 98 PC die so I stripped it out and used the spare parts. Network card went to a ME computer RAM went to 98SE computer and the HD went to the same ME computer. Its and old generic drive only 2.5GB perfect for a page file. It is set as slave and works fine (the ME computer needed more RAM but the spare RAM was incompatible). The trouble is the second HD is sooo loud.

So, my question... Does anyone have any tips and tricks on how to make it quieter? I had to take a slot out of the front of the case for it to fit and the noise comes straight out. I can cover up the hole but it is still annoyingly loud. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 12:56 AM

Short of isolating it in an external case and then burying it some where there isn't much you can do about it.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:13 AM

Newer drive.

You run chkdsk /r and defrag this drive?

Win 98 was a long time ago...for a drive.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 04:29 PM

Thanks guys I guess I'll just pack it in neatly with something. I don't use that PC on to often, its usually my dad when I'm on this PC. I found another HD yesterday (quite one) that I might put in instead (14GB). I can't buy new RAM to put in it (its only got 64mb on ME) because I'm not spending anything on them. So the cheapest option is old hard drives with a swap file on them :thumbsup: good enough for me.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 04:52 PM

I understand about the swap file on an old hard drive...but you cannot expect the advances of the past 5 years on a drive that is older than 5 years :thumbsup:.

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 08:48 AM

Swap file relocation is dependent on many things. Relocating the swap file to a slower driver may actually decrease your performance when the system pages stuff because the faster drive (even with Windows working on it) may be quicker than the slower drive (especially if it's making a lot of noise).

Also, the noise may indicate that the drive's on it's last legs and is about to fail. I'd then suggest running a diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of the hard drive.
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

I had many, many problems piling up on that PC so I re-installed windows ME. I did go slower without the noisy old HD but after a format and Clean install It was just like new... though I didn't own it new. It did however come with a preinstalled problem.

Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4 and WMP 7 screw each other up. And this PC installs both of them with windows :thumbsup: . I couldn't run the uninstaller so I'm gonna spend a while searching for files and registry entries from that program. I updated to WMP 9 to see if it fixed it but no such luck.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 06:49 PM

EZCD 4...is pretty old, I used to use it. Or maybe I stopped at 3.5...

I believe that the most current version when I quit was EZCD 5 or 5.5, see the Roxio website.

Adaptec was bought out or became Roxio, if there are updates available (should be free), you need to download those and install. Really, rather than fool with an old version like that, I think I'd just use some current free version of burn software (not that I know any, but Chewy does and I'm sure others do).

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:45 PM

I don't want or need a CD burning program for that computer. All I wanted was to remove it but had to do it manually. Can't believe that it came pre-installed with a problem like that.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:16 PM

ancient history

adaptec got rid of easy cd long ago, but windows xp(MS) used the core burning files, big mess

roxio/poxio rose from the ashes, became sonic then infiltrated itunes and other crap burning programs

now back to basics, windows me is a total mess that microsoft abandoned rather than fix, ie. tough luck, no rebates,
buy xp or w2k

you can always uninstall roxio and try to clean up the filter drivers left but you still have windows me, I never could get newer programs to work on ME and ended up switching over to W2k or revertng back to windows 98
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