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    Simple Vista Question

    Thanks. MSconfig is still nearly the same. Windows Defender of all things (tools, software explorer) has an easy to use way to enable/disable startup programs. You should also check IE (if used) under tools, manage add-ons to remove all the extra 'features' your friend got when updating flash (adobe) or java (sun).
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

    Yes it does look some of the newer models are missing from the reliability DB. Not that I expect the cache size or interface to affect reliability very much. I only found one review of the 200GB version (100GB/platter vs 80GB for those reviewed here) and that was at Tom's (I know - but they *have* a review). It looks like the 200GB version should score well against the other top drives. The low-level results (7200.7 200GB review) show a good improvment vs the review here - 66MB/s (high) and 36MB/s (low). This is better then any 7200RPM drive reviewed here. (but I will be the first to admit this is not apples to apples) $149 is looking pretty good...
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

    There is apparently a 200GB version of this drive (7200.7 Plus) available now: ST3120026A ST3160023A ST3200822A Formatted Gbytes (512 bytes/sector) 120 160 200 Discs/Heads 2/3 2/4 2/4 Seagate fact sheet Note that the 160 and 200GB both have 2 platters and 4 heads. That means the 200GB is higher density. Anybody have any experience with performance of this model? Seems fairly cheap (newegg @ $149) with 3 years...