I have a Dell Dimension 8200. At bootup, there is a slight scratchy sound that I think is coming from the HD. I've been told that if the sound wasn't there from day 1, it means trouble. Any thoughts on this?
Also, to be safe I have purchased a Seagate 160GB Ultra ATA 7200 RPM HD to replace the original 80 GB. I have read that my OS might not recognize anything beyond 137GB since it is an earlier version of XP. XP SP1 or SP2 will recognize larger HDs but when I install a new HD and reinstall the OS, it would revert to the older XP. My question is this: do I need to set up the HD as 137GB so that there are no problems or will the subsequent XP upgrades take care of it (if I set it up as 160GB from the start)?
Hopefully my questions are clear enough for you.