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nemitis

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#1 9 years ago

it seems my computer cant handle all the stuff me and the 4 other people in my family put on it. it has a 144 GB hard drive 14.3 GB free space on it. im looking at one on bestbuy.com thats on sale with free shipping and good revews: Western Digital - Caviar GP 500GB Internal Hard Drive, but it seems too good to be true. its on sale for $99.99 from $124.99 and its the only one on the site with a sale AND free shipping AND 500 GB of space. does anyone have this hard drive, or does anyone know of a better choice (im not an expert on this so i dont know what to get)




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#2 9 years ago

yeah best buy isnt exactly the best buy. HAHA IM FUNNY.

Anyway, Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

500 gb, more cache, and $60. Oh yea, free shipping too.




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#3 9 years ago

Indeed. Steer clear of Best Buy other than window shopping... newegg is the bomb! :p

If you really wanna get silly with extra space, I saw a 1.5TB Seagate sata drive for $120 there yesterday.

btw - What type of Hard Drive can your motherboard accept? If you don't have any Sata ports (entirely possible if the PC's like 4+ years old) you'll need to stick with IDE/PATA drives, sata drives won't work.

As for drive brands, I'd stick with Western Digital and Seagate. Avoid Maxtor. I don't have much experience with Fujitsu or Hitachi so I can't say on those.




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#4 9 years ago

Newegg has the 1TB Seagate for $99 right now w/ free shipping. If you want and can afford high performance though, the best deal I've seen lately is the 300GB Velociraptor for $200 w/ free shipping at Newegg. This drive is ultra fast, ultra quiet, runs ultra cool, and is built like a tank.




nemitis

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#5 9 years ago
jjz-;4699138yeah best buy isnt exactly the best buy. HAHA IM FUNNY. Anyway, Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives 500 gb, more cache, and $60. Oh yea, free shipping too.

might get this one. looks like a pretty good buy to me:) im no expert on computers, unfortunately, anything i should know about before getting a new HD? im wondering about instalation, is it pretty straight forward- will the connection be the same for the one in my pc now and the one i get, or does it differ with brand? i have no idea how to figure out wat mine is without opening the thing up to find out.




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#6 9 years ago

Do you know if you have a SATA2 capable motherboard? You will need that to get the most performance out of the harddrive. I think you can use SATA1 as well, although I am not 100% certain on this. Of course, if you can, you will be more bandwidth limited than at SATA2.




nemitis

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#7 9 years ago

idk, how do i find that out? (like i said im not that good with computer hardware:uhm:)




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#8 9 years ago

If you have Windows XP, right-click the icon for your hard disk in My Computer, go to to the tab Hardware and tell us what your old disk is called. The name is the one under Name, and the Type should probably say disk drive for your hard disk... Don't leave anything out of the name and we should be able to tell you what it is.

You can see this also in the device manager, that's a sure way to find it if you have a different version of Windows, but I suppose this is easier. You'll have to tell us what OS you are running in case you have Linux or something else.

A sure way to find if you have SATA or not (even if you have your hard disk doesn't have to be if it is really old) is to look inside the case and see if you can find a SATA-connection.




nemitis

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#9 9 years ago

i have windows xp the hard drive name is: ST3160023AS i dont have SATA




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#10 9 years ago

Someone with more experience with Seagates should correct me if I am wrong, but is that not a SATA-drive? To be more precise, a 160 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7?




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