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Trying to squeeze out any last ounce of performance here.

I'm going to add a 2nd hard drive to my system.

One Maxtor 51024H2 http://maxtor.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/m...hp?p_faqid=655

to be added to my Seagate. Model ST380020A http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/...st380020a.html

This is an older drive from an old Dell Pentium 3.

Will this drive be too slow to even bother putting the Page File onto it? Actually I'm looking now, I think they're both 5,400 RPM.

Does the page file drive have any other special settings? Or is it just set to slave, format, and go from there?
    
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The Maxtor is a 7200 RPM drive with pretty slow seek times--but should be fine as a page-file--in fact unless you are doing some gigantic files (video?) you should probably partition the Maxtor and set aside only a few gigs for the page file--and the rest for something else.

In fact I would use the Maxtor as your main drive since it is the fastest and set your Seagate as the pagefile HD and partition that for "My Documents" target--you set the My Docs target to the partition on the Seagate to avoid over-running the relatively small 40 gig Max with .tmp files (especially if using Nero to transfer DV to DVD).
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lol, a 40GB pagefile,lol
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My point 'zactly--a small partition for the pagefile--a larger partition for "My Docs" or whatever you want to map to it.
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It might not work properly. Seagate doesn't like to play with its friends too much. Just make sure that if both are IDE, that they are on seperate channels so they don't make a hissy fit.
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OK, one thing.

To me, it seems odd that the old Dell installed hard drive is faster than the newer HP installed drive.

Also, the Maxtor (old dell) has windows mistake edition installed on it. I've never reformatted a drive and started from scratch before. The drive was in a hand me down computer I took for free. I don't really know the integrity of the drive.

I think what I'll do for now is just install the faster drive as the slave for the page file, and see how that goes. If I see an increase in performance, I'll decide later on if I want to reverse the roles of the HDD's.

I figured, older drive=slave, newer drive=keep as master.

So HP skimped on the drive for this newer, faster P4 1.7ghz. Dell put in a faster but lower capacity drive on their P3 933mhz.

Is this a common occurance? We're talking about 2-6 year old tech here, so I'm not sure.

Thanks!

Also, for anyone reading this thread looking for help, BACKUP everything! I have everything backed up on an external Seagate 260GB
    
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Well, if the Seagate drive is 7200 RPM, they should be close. Only thing is that the Seagate might have a bigger cache. Probably not, 8mb cache drives have only been cheap for a few years.
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My point 'zactly--a small partition for the pagefile--a larger partition for "My Docs" or whatever you want to map to it.
You're saying on just my single drive I have now?

How small of a partition? What type? I'm pretty sure FAT32 is better for smaller partitions.
    
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Most systems don't need more than 1GB for a pagefile. I have a 2 gigger, but that's because I have 512MB of RAM. I would only use NTFS, as it is fast, and you don't have to go through scandisk whenever you shut down the wrong way.
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Well, if the Seagate drive is 7200 RPM, they should be close. Only thing is that the Seagate might have a bigger cache. Probably not, 8mb cache drives have only been cheap for a few years.
Seek time is a difference of .1ms. whatever. The Seagate (current master) is 5400 RPM.

Old Dell Maxtor IS 7200 RPM. This is good. It has WindowsME on it. This is bad.

Old Dell Maxtor 7200 RPM, .1ms seek time, cache is the same for each drive. 2000kb.

Wow.....

OK....I am going to go ahead and install the older faster Dell hand me down Maxtor as the slave. Format it to get rid of windows mistake edition. Test the hell out of it to determine somewhat the integrity. Call my friend and ask him if he had any viruses, tons of pron, trips down the stairs with his old system, and THEN embark on the journey of installing windows XP on a blank hard drive. An older one, but a faster one....less capacity...buut....I'm getting a headache!
    
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