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Old 02-08-2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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For the computer techies here, how difficult is it to replace a hard drive? I only have 40GB right now and I'd like to upgrade to 160GB at least. I have a Dell Dimension 2400. What should I be shopping for in a quality hard drive?

I'm fairly familiar with the inside of a computer, I've upgraded my own video and audio cards before, put in additional ram, etc.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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Seagate is the only way to go. Cheap and most reliable drives around. It's also one of the easiest upgrades you can do.

If you have Symantec Ghost (which I can send you) you can ghost disk-to-disk and not miss a beat.
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If you're planning on having your machine for a while, I've been retrofitting machines where I work with RAID cards and installing dual SATA drives in a RAID 0 array (which sounds complicated, but is super easy to do) which will not only double the RPMs of the drives you're using, it'll greatly speed up what you're doing. Of course since the machine is older you'll get bottlenecked by a couple of things, but you wouldn't believe the difference that configuration made in my office machine. My boot up is something like fifteen seconds from button to desktop.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:20 AM   #4
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Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB 3.5" IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
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Keep in mind I don't do any gaming. Pretty much just internet stuff, email, and of course working on the site with front page, some minor photo editing, etc. I do download alot of music, so that's my primary reason for needing a bigger drive. Currently I have all of my music on a 80GB external drive, but I'd feel safer with my music backed up in two locations.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:23 AM   #6
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damn that's super cheap
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:24 AM   #7
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True. I don't do a whole lot of gaming. My reason for going with RAID is just because I hate to wait for anything. Setting up RAID makes everything I do almost instantaneous. If anything, that drive I sent you is going to make a nice difference. That machine probably had a slower RPM and a smaller cache.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:28 AM   #8
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Upgrading is not hard at all, just remove power and IDE cable from hard drive and pull it out. Just make sure you have a Anti-static wrist strap on while upgrading less you want to fry your mobo. Radio shack should have them.
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Yeah, I mean it's a nice upgrade regardless. If you want Ghost, give me a shout via PM, unless you're planning on doing a clean install.
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Seagate is good, but I've always gone with Western Digital drives and never had a problem. They're VERY reliable and the best in my opinion. Price-wise, they're about the same as Seagate too.

I just put a 160GB WD drive in a computer I built for my dad last week, cost $52.99 from Newegg. (weekend sale)


Just be sure to get the right kind of connection, although there ARE adapters. Your 40GB drive is most likely an IDE connection and your mobo probably doesn't have the faster SATA drive connections, so make sure you buy an IDE drive (slightly cheaper than SATA drives anyways).

I have a WD 120GB drive in a PC I built myself nearly 3 years ago and have had ZERO problems with it.

Buy from Newegg, they're awesome...cheap, FAST shipping, GREAT customer service...

Don't buy from a store like Staples or Office Max, you'll pay double.

I'd get THIS one:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 3.5" IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:32 AM   #11
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Upgrading is not hard at all, just remove power and IDE cable from hard drive and pull it out. Just make sure you have a Anti-static wrist strap on while upgrading less you want to fry your mobo. Radio shack should have them.
Not necessary, just keep a hand or a forearm on a metal part of the case. It's also better not to do it on carpet.

I've NEVER worn one and I've been building PCs since I was a kid basically. Just ground yourself and discharge your static on the case and don't walk around a lot while you install. I usually sit down when I work.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:34 AM   #12
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Re: upgrade hard drive

Allow me to piggy-back onto this thread with my own "tech-help" issue.

I need to replace my current Windows XP with a new {cough:legit:cough} copy of Windows XP. My question is will I be able to simply select "upgrade to Windows XP from earlier operating system"? or do I have to reformat the hard drive thus backing up a lot crap onto cd?
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:35 AM   #13
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Matty -
You may want to just get a USB hard drive and add it for storage.

I'm getting (today, if FedEx.com is telling the truth) a 500 GB USB drive, and it's costing me less than $160. To say I got a good deal would be understating things.
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I'm fairly familiar with the inside of a computer, I've upgraded my own video and audio cards before, put in additional ram, etc.

You'll be fine then. HDs are easy, a few screws and your data (probably a ribbon-style) and your power plug. You probably don't even have to disconnect them from the motherboard, just do the swap.

JUST REMEMBER TO GROUND YOURSELF on the case.
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Are you going from Home to Pro or are you just wanting to change the serial number to a "legit" copy?
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