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  1. 1. If you are running out of space on your computer or find that programs load a little slow, or that big filestake a long time to open, it may be time for a new hard website
  2. 2. Making a more careful decision about the hard drive can mean a much longerworking life for the hard drive Better reliability, allowing the hard drive to runfor many years without mechanical failures or the worst of all, losing yourprecious data to errors on the drive Obviously the main thing that people thinkabout when getting a new drive is size Although a 400GB drive sounds great,there are very few people who actually use this much space Only if you saveDVD movies to your hard drive, or if you do serious amounts of video editingwill you need this much space
  3. 3. The smallest size drives available today are about 40GB and will suffice for allyour needs However if you want the latest technologies, bigger sizes areinevitable Over the years the speed at which hard drives work has increasedOne of the main technologies to improve is the connection between the harddrive and the rest of the computer
  4. 4. It passes the information back and forth from the hard drive, the faster it is thefaster information can be passed, and so speeding up the programs you useand the files you use There are 2 main varieties for this connection: The oldIDE kind, which comes in 4 flavors: ATA33, ATA66, ATA100 and ATA133,each number corresponding to the transfer rate in MB/s, the bigger the fasterThis type is pretty standard If your computer is older, you may only be able touse this kind, and depending how old will determine which speed
  5. 5. SATA is a newer kind It uses a different cable and allows much fasterinformation transfer The slower kind is 150MB/s and the faster is 300MB/s, sothey are much faster than IDE A newer technology called Native CommandQueuing (NCQ) speeds up how fast things are found and done on the harddrive
  6. 6. Just briefly, it orders the read and write commands given to it in such as wayas to get the tasks done quicker and with less delay Drives are most oftenseparated by their size and this is a big factor in the pricing of a drive Thesmallest drives today are around 40GB, you can get a little smaller, but nopoint really The largest of 400GB will be enough for a really long companywebsite time
  7. 7. The other thing that affects pricing is the rotation speed, which is the speed atwhich the big disk spins inside the disk drive The faster it spins the fasterinformation gets found Look for rotation speeds of 7200RPM as standard and10000 for the fast end With all of this it may be hard to decide, but here aremy suggestions
  8. 8. For a main drive, which has your Windows and programs on it, go forsomething faster, but bear in mind that even for me my ATA66 drive is fastenough for my uses But a faster one will speed up how fast your programs goIt might be a good idea just to go for one big, fast drive Brand name drives areoften worth getting, as manufacturers like Seagate, Maxtor and Western Digitalare well known for long lasting quality products, which will not make anydifference in the short term usually, but will pay off with long life and reliability
  9. 9. If you want or need two drives the second one can sacrifice speed for size, asthats whats most often needed for a second drive, which usually stores allyour information You should now have enough to make a smart choice in yournext hard drive purchase A good one can be kept for a very long time andminimize any hassles in the future You can get more information at Or findreviews at
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