Quantam Firebell Harddisk is slow. which hard disk is better and fast.

Posted on 2006-07-23
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1.  My Hard disk is slow, I have 733 Mhz system but i am not satisfied with the speed. I have afraid i may loose if hard disk stops working.

2.  I want to get a new Harddisk Round about 6 GB and i installed windows and other related software in this primary harddisk. keep this slow hard disk as secondary. well this will improve the system speed or not. ( The previous hdd is not worse but i am not satisfied.

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If you want to improve system speed, add more RAM.  If you have more RAM (up to a point), your pagefile/swapfile will be used less, and this will prevent your machine slowing down as much.

If you want to use 2 (old) hard disks in the way you suggested, just tell Windows to put the pagefile/swapfile on the other hard disk (you haven't said which OS you're using so I can't tell you how).

However, I think you will get better performance by just buying a brand-new small hard disk and only having one disk.  A new hard disk will be a lot faster than one that is only 6Gb (are we talking 7 years old here?).

Steve :)
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What ATA rating is the Fireball? 33 - 66 - 100 - 133?

Be sure to get a drive with a higher rating. Don't forget to get a 40 pin - 80 wire cable for it.
Make sure UMDA is Enabled in the BIOS for the drive.


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-- coral47, the ATA rating is only transfer speed from the drive's buffer to memory.  A 6Gb drive is that old, it physically won't even get near 33Mb/s.  It's the physical speed of the drive that may be holding things up.

Steve :)
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If his system supports a 733 PIII ,then it will support up to a 128 GB drive (AT /33/66 or above).

You can't buy a new 6 GB drive any more,only refurb.
Drives are so cheap these days (80GB new@$49.00) ,why would you even bother with a 6 GB?
Get the biggest you can afford,and forget about the 6gb drive.
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sda100: Basically true, the numbers are the maximum burst rate.
But they (ATA-66+ drives) also have faster read/write, seek, and substained transfer rates. Which makes them faster than PIO or ATA-33 drives.
I have an ATA-66 10gig Western Digital drive with W2K-SP4 on an AMD 1000 Athlon mobo, that is reasonably perky.
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Thank you much.    : )

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