options on wiping my machine, new hard drive or not ?
Posted on 2013-10-05
My home PC is 4 1/2 years old, still hanging in there, but it's too slow and still has memory / performance issues that prevent me from using it for heavy work. For example, it sometimes craps out, like when the Start button doesn't do anything. Today, when I opened Control Panel, it was blank. But after re-booting, the PC works fine, although generally sluggish.
I've upgraded memory and had multiple EE posts, and I kept the machine operational for over 2 years of wrestling with it. I no longer have BSOD, they used to be a routine occurrence. I also have Malwarbytes and Windows Essentials, that seems to be fine.
Main upgrades I did were two new memory modules (total 4 GB ram), and upgraded to Windows 7 ultimate from Vista.
So I want to wipe the machine and load up Windows 7 which I can get via MSDN subscription. What do you think of buying a new HD to start completely from scratch ? I could then use my current HD as an external drive and all the files would be there. I realize I'd have to re-load software like Office, etc.
I figured it might be a little cleaner to pop in a new hard drive, load Windows 7 from a boot drive, and then just use my old HD as an external drive.
Would I be gaining anything by using a new HD ? My current PC is just sluggish and I was thinking that a new HD would help. Would any of my current issues "transfer" to a clean install even by wiping the HD ?
Here's the PC specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate, upgraded from Vista Home Premium, SP 2
HP, Model a6600f
Processor Intel Pentium Dual CPU E220 @ 2.2Ghz
4.0 GM RAM