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Thread: new hdd in master or slave ?




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    Default new hdd in master or slave ?

    Hi all, i wonder ... buy a new hdd whith 160GB 8 mb cache ide 133, and i have a old one whith 40gb, 2mb cache in Master.

    What is your opinion for the best performance

    leave 40gb drive in master whith my OS (winxp pro)?
    or install all in new one

    please give-me your opinion.

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    Default Re: new hdd in master or slave ?

    Use the new one as the master as it is a faster drive, especially with the 8MB cache. Slave the old drive and after the OS id installed fresh on the 160, transfer any necessary data to the new drive. From there you can format the 40GB drive and use it for additional storage.

    If you get into gaming at all, you'll want to make sure to reinstall those games on the new drive as it will give faster data access and allow your games to run a bit more smoothly.
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    Default Re: new hdd in master or slave ?

    a frind of my tell me if my old drive as 5400rpm and my new one is 7200 rpm the new one only work in 5400 rpm. It is true ?
    and whith diference of cache , 2 mb on old and 8 mb on new ?

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    Default Re: new hdd in master or slave ?

    This is NOT true.

    The RPM is an internal setting and has no affect on any other drive
    in the computer and is not affected by any other drive in the computer.

    The cache is a temporary storage area on the hard drive that saves
    data that has been previously retreived from the disc (cylinder).

    The hope is that by the next time you need the same data, it will still
    be in the cache and so can be accessed from there instead of being re-read
    off the hard drive cylinder.

    The cached data can be accessed much much much faster then the data
    can be located and read off of the hard drive itself.

    The larger the cache, the more data can be saved to it and the better chance of it having the requested data.

    Larger cache = faster hard drive.
    Last edited by Unadude; 11-11-2004 at 12:20 AM.

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    Default Re: new hdd in master or slave ?

    Thanks to all :)

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