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Thread: 2 hard drives ????




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    Can I hook up another hard drive onto the available ribbon socket thats already connected to my main "C" drive ???
    In other words what iam asking is, can i have two hard drives running on the same system and ribbon under windows xp ????
    please advise ?

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    Not a problem. Just be sure that your jumpers are properly set (master/slave). In addition to the ribbon (IDE) cable you will also need to connect a power plug and you'll need to have an open drive bay to place it in. No expert here but with my system I have XP on the master drive and am using the second smaller drive as a simple storage drive for files. A few more specs on your system will prolly give the pros here a bit more info in order to advise you properly as there are a lot of different ways to use a second drive (raid, etc).
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    Ye I knew about the power connecter etc,,,,,,,,so thats it then,,,,plug it in and ive got the extra drive ?????
    what is the best to use for my main pc functions and what is best for storing stuff or does it not really matter ????

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    The faster drive would be the best to put the os on but it doesn't really matter.

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    A fine point Wiggo makes

    To set the record straight, that is rotation speed of the disk we are talking about in your case thomson 1968

    as you are placing both drives on the same IDE channel the transfer rate (or ATA) will default to the lower if there is a difference in the 2 drives.

    the way I like to do it, is to keep the OS on the smaller drive.
    That makes it just that much faster to do a format and reinstall when time comes.
    I divide the larger drive into multiple partitions and keep my applications, data, updates and drivers there

    But hey, that's just me :)
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    Actually I should've said that if ya drives are both 2MB cache jobs then little difference will be noticed in which way they're positioned (whether a combination of ATA66/ ATA100 or ATA133) but if ya new drive is an 8MB cache job and the old 1 has a 2MB cache then make the 8MB cache ya os drive as this will still burst stream info quicker than a 2MB one will and will still benefit performance.

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