MortySnerd

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  1. 7200.7: Active Cooling?

    My current HD, a 40GB IBM 120GXP, has been in use for over two years and is still running great. It gets warm, but not that warm. It's specs are similar to the 7200.7 as measured by Storage Review. I see a lot of people saying their 7200.7 is pretty warm though. My case is nothing fancy. Antec Sonata, P4 2.8 with huge heatsink/fan, Geforce Ti4200. No extra hard drives, no extra PCI cards, etc. If I want this drive to last at least 2 years like my last one did, do I need active cooling or will it be ok?
  2. Partitioning For Speed?

    This sums up my question exactly. For the record, I will be using Windows XP SP1 with all other critical and recommended updates installed. It seems to me that if my C:\ is only 10-20 gigs, instead of the 40+ gigs it is right now with MP3, video, etc stored on it, that typical day to day seek times/etc should be faster. I'm not sure if this is true or not, and that's what I wanted to clear up. So, here's my question in an easy to answer format: Q: Which set up will make windows and applications load faster? 1) A C:\ with about 10-20 gigs and a D:\ of 100+ gigs for video, movies, etc 2) One single large partition of 160 gigs for Windows, Apps, and Media 3) Neither one, they will both result in equal speed for Windows and Applications.
  3. Partitioning For Speed?

    I've always noticed that as I add more huge files like MP3's and video that my hard drive slows down. I imagine this is because the HD has more data to chug through to get to things like DLL's and game data, which is what I use most frequently. If I have a seperate partition for all my huge media files, would this not speed up typical day to day use of my Windows/Swap file/Gaming partition?
  4. Partitioning For Speed?

    I Just bought a 160GB hard drive and I plan on partitioning it. I want Windows and the swap file to be on its own partition in the fastest part of the hard drive. When I create what will become the C:\ drive, does it always place this first partition in the fastest area of the drive, or is it completely random? I saw another thread that seemed to suggest that the hard drive just randomly places partitions wherever it sees fit.
  5. I am thinking of buying a 7200.7, but I don't need 200GB of space. However, if I understand correctly, the platter density on all 7200.7's is the same, no matter what size you choose. If this is the case, do I need to buy the 200GB model for full speed, because more platters equals more speed? I'd appreciate it if anyone can clear this up for me. Thanks!