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The-Bleh-Bleh

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#1 11 years ago

I wants a second hard drive. I'm thinking about This or This.

1.) Which one is a better HDD? 2.) Would it come with all needed cables? 3.) A dell support rep. said I should only use a second hard drive up to 250gb. I assumed he meant this because of my psu. But is it possible he meant this was because of my motherboard? Would it be safe to step up to a 320gb? 4.) Is there any way to monitor power consumption? Any kind of program? OR just any way to know how much power you're using at full use?




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#2 11 years ago

1. I would go with the Seagate. The seek and write times are very slightly faster, other than that there pretty much equal.

2. Its OEM, so you would have to buy a SATA cable.

3. Don't listen to Dell support reps. Most of them don't seem to know a thing about what there telling you. You would be fine with a 320GB.

4. I wouldn't worry about the added power draw from a extra HD. Unless your PSU is already maxed out (like if you had all high end parts with a crap PSU), it should be no problem.

Just to make sure, your Dell can use SATA drives right?




The-Bleh-Bleh

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#3 11 years ago

1. I would go with the Seagate. The seek and write times are very slightly faster, other than that there pretty much equal. Thanks for the response, I was thinking of the Seagate too, just because Barracuda itself sounds kick-ass.

2. Its OEM, so you would have to buy a SATA cable. K, that's fine, I have a friend who can provide that- I just called him 3. Don't listen to Dell support reps. Most of them don't seem to know a thing about what there telling you. You would be fine with a 320GB.

Yah, that's what it sounded like :)

4. I wouldn't worry about the added power draw from a extra HD. Unless your PSU is already maxed out (like if you had all high end parts with a crap PSU), it should be no problem.

Well, I think I am cutting it close. I have a 350 watt PSU with Pentium 4, 3.0ghz, with HT XFX Nvidia 7600GT 1.5gb ram, in 4 ddr2 modules 80gb SATA HDD

Just to make sure, your Dell can use SATA drives right?

Yah, my current drive is SATA. Is there any reason my second drive couldn't be?




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#4 11 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh Well, I think I am cutting it close. I have a 350 watt PSU with Pentium 4, 3.0ghz, with HT XFX Nvidia 7600GT 1.5gb ram, in 4 ddr2 modules 80gb SATA HDD

I think it should be ok.

One thing Dell does use is good PSU's. They are usually slightly underated as well, or so i've heard from some people and a few dell techs on there forums.




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#5 11 years ago

I heard that too. Alright, thanks a ton, I'll go with the 320GB barracuda Hard Drive.