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deathwarder

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#1 12 years ago

I have a 120gig 7200rpm hdd in my computer. I have a spare 5200rpm 20gig lying around that I am considering putting in my computer. I do not have any spare ide channels, would it be a good idea to put my pagefile and music and videos on the second drive, and put the second drive on the same channel as my dvd burner?




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#2 12 years ago

If you have only one HDD installed it should be no problem to get a second one connected. Just look at the cable going from your mobo to the HDD, it'll have a second part about half the way. Connect this one to the other HDD and make sure to set it's jumpers on slave, your BIOS should do the rest.

But I would not put the pagefile on another HDD, especially if it's a slower one.

And if you just want to move some files which you don't use very often, just burn them on DVD and sell the spare HDD.




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#3 12 years ago

Putting your page file on another partition or hard drive can speed up access, but since we're talking about a slower drive it will slow it down. And a slow PF means slow Windows.




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#4 12 years ago

Well, my main idea for this drive is as an easy backup. I finally have all of my programs and such just the way I want them, so I wanted to make an exact copy of my main drive onto the other drive, so that I can easily restore my computer. Either that or use it as a storage drive for music and videos for when I format my main drive. Also, things are sped up a lot when I have more free space on my main drive, so I wanted to offload less used files. The only concern I have is if it will slow my main drive down if they are on the same channel, or slow my dvd burner down if they are on the same channel. Here is my setup,

IDE Channel 1, 120gig hdd IDE Channel 2(raid channel used for plain ide, uses a driver), dvd burner IDE Channel 3(raid channel used for plain ide, uses a driver), cd-rw, cd-rw And then my floppy channel is in use. It would be difficult space wise to put it on any channel but the main channel, should I add it in?




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#5 12 years ago

I think the channels have enough bandwith for both drives at the same time. And even if the second drive slows the whole operation down you'll only notice that in those cases when you make a backup.




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#6 12 years ago

Ok, but the second drive is 40pin only, the first is 80pin capable, and I am using an 80pin cable. I will probably take out my floppy drive, put the second drive in the 3.5 to 5.25 adapter, and hook it up to the dvd burner.




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#7 12 years ago
deathwarderOk, but the second drive is 40pin only, the first is 80pin capable, and I am using an 80pin cable.

All IDE cables are 40-pin (except for those that are keyed, and have 39 pins; I haven't seen a drive that needs one of these in quite some time). ATA33 cables are 40-conductor, while ATA66 and above are 80-conductor.