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post #1 of 8
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Hello, currently the only HDD I have in my P4 Dell is an old 40GB clunker. Because of obvious storage shortcomings, I'm thinking about buying one of those new 640GB WD drives.

Should I reinstall windows on the new 640GB drive or just use the new drive for programs/games and leave windows installed on the 40GB drive?

Would it be better for overall performance to run both windows and programs from the new 640GB HDD?

Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 8
Install windows on the new WD hardrive... you can partition your hardrive into say an OS drive and a storage drive ( music, documents ect). That would be best
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post #3 of 8
the 40gb drive is it 5400rpm? ide most likely. i would want my os on my fastest drive. 40gb doesnt leave much room after installing windows vista office 2007 etc.
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post #4 of 8
if the new one is sata then put ur os and programs on it, i would create a partition on the new drive maybe 140 for programs and 500 for media even if it isnt sata and u wont really need the other one but keep it if u fill up the 640 gb one
    
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post #5 of 8
I would keep the 40GB as a spare or put it in an external enclosure.
As for a new hard drive, those Western Digital 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s drives are very nice and fast! Get one and then partition it or just keep one large partition and enjoy
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post #6 of 8
Use the faster drive for your OS and programs.. Use the slower one to store music or whatever.
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post #7 of 8
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Cool, thanks for the advice, guys! But one thing I don't understand: what is the point of partitioning the drive in multiple pieces rather than just one partition for everything?

Thanks again!
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post #8 of 8
well since its so big why not split it up. i usually do with my hard drives 300 2 150s use 1 for os and 1 for storage. Then when it comes time to format the windows partition i can put everything i wanna keep on the storage one.
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