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Momentus XT. Does it have write caching (or at least write fast for a

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I have a portable ultrasound machine that I use for my livelihood. It is basically a chubby labtop with a hard drive and an embedded, very locked down, windows xp based OS.

It comes with a crappy, slow, small hard drive which is supposedly really hard to replace with anything else due to the number of partitions and sizes of the partitions used by the proprietary software (I think I heard 5 partitions). Assuming that I can get past that issue, I am looking for a much faster drive (must be IDE) which will increase the overall performance of the unit and will speed up writing ultrasound videos to the hard drive which takes too long with the crappy 40 Gig 5400 rpm drive that it comes with.

An obvious choice would be the Momentus XT, I think. ESPECIALLY if they got the firmware to the point that write speeds are improved by caching.

Any advice you guys can give toward drive selection and cloning the complexly partitioned drive would be really helpful.

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I am looking for a much faster drive (must be IDE) which will increase the overall performance of the unit and will speed up writing ultrasound videos to the hard drive which takes too long with the crappy 40 Gig 5400 rpm drive that it comes with.

An obvious choice would be the Momentus XT

Where did you find a Momentus XT with an IDE interface? SSHDs with an IDE interface don't exist.

You could replace the old and slow HDD with a 64 or 128 GB IDE SSD. Transcend and Super Talent still have them.

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Might just want to get an IDE SSD. Since you've only got a 40GB drive now, you can get this 64GB SSD and be much better off.

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Guys,

thanks for your replies.

I have a concern about getting an SSD because my ultrasound machine uses XP. I was under the impression that XP burns up SSD drives, the combo is slow, etc... etc... and that registry changes are almost necessary to make XP work with an SSD.

I can't get to the registry, at least I don't know how - really locked down embedded version of XP - so I can't make any changes to the registry.

Would you still recommend an SSD ?

I could not verify that any of the platters with flash memory come in IDE. Do you guys know ?

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IDE is difficult, XP makes it worse, but I'd still get the SSD and be fine with blowing it up or taking it out of the machine every year or so to secure erase it and start over.

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thanks for your help. Assuming that I can figure out a way to make changes to the registry what changes should I make for xp to work the best that it can on the ssd drive we have been discussing?

I think there must be some way to get into the registry

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