hard drive - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-10-2007, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4
Default hard drive

I'm looking into getting a larger hard drive. I really don't know what to look for, thus why I'm here.

I want something at least 100gb+. I'm running a dell dimension 4550 (yes I know it's crap but it gets the job done). I have a 55gb hard drive =\. Very small. I'm constantly deleting programs to make room.

Basically what I'm asking is, What are some good hard drive choices? Would I be able to put it in myself? I can put in a video card, RAM, etc... but idk about a hard drive.

Also, would it be possible to transfer the data on my old hard drive to the new hard drive I'm hopefully getting? If so, how?

Sorry if this is asking to much, I"m just pretty much hopeless when it comes to this kinda stuff.

evilive138jp is offline  
Old 10-10-2007, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
b1gapl's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 13,044
Default Re: hard drive

Hey evilive138jp

You will need an IDE hard drive. And hard drives are very inexpensive these days. You also should consider only two hard drive companies that matter. And they are Seagate and Western Digital. They are the top two brands, and the only brands you should look at. The other brands, just don't compare to them in terms of quality, reputation, and warranty.

I would suggest these hard drives, for your needs:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815A 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 "Perpendicular Recording" ST3250820A 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

As for the transferring of data. Are you looking to make the new hard drive, the main hard drive? As in the one that holds your Windows files, etc.? If so, what you can do, is clone your old hard drive to the new one. I think the program is called Norton Ghost.



b1gapl is offline  
Old 10-10-2007, 07:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
peterhuang913's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 8,076
Send a message via AIM to peterhuang913
Default Re: hard drive

Buying a new hard drive is very cheap nowadays. Installing a hard drive is a piece of cake, especially on a Dell. You will have to use a program called Norton Ghost if you want to transfer files over.

The installation is just:
1. Open case (side panel)
2. Screw on brackets for the Dell Easy Install thing they have.
3. Slide it in place.
4. Plug in power and IDE cable.
5. Run Norton Ghost or use as storage drive.

Link to Dell Website: Documentation

My computer uses 1.5A-load, .8A-idle, .65A-standby, .05A-turned off on 125V.
"The spaces between your fingers were created so that another's could fill them in."
Originally Posted by Norcent View Post
I need to stop using the internet.
peterhuang913 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP!! My hard drive will not boot! ehc68 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 15 01-29-2009 03:33 PM
Hard drive randomly disappearing Gooms9 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 11 05-18-2007 07:19 PM
Hard drive fails File Structure test tropicalfish Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 05-15-2007 12:37 PM
Help a newb: simple issue with hard drive copying? AppleBag Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 1 04-12-2007 12:21 PM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:36 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.