Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-13-2005, 03:03 PM   #1
Fully Optimized
 
UK31337's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,776
Default Hard drives: what should I get?

I'm looking for a new HD for my old PC (remember I asked about RAM a while back).

Thing is, I've got plans to dualboot Win2K and Linux. I've seen 120Gb drives for reasonable prices, but I was wondering, should I dualboot from the same drive, or buy 2 separate, smaller drives? I mean, one for each OS?

I've managed fine dualbooting off the same drive before, only problem was my old drive was too small. Not sure if NTFS/Ext3 would live happily together though.

But is it that good a plan? Would you recommend getting one big drive, or 2 smaller ones?
__________________

UK31337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2005, 03:08 PM   #2
Wizard of Wires
 
setishock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Not sure
Posts: 10,030
Default 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

With 2 smaller drives if you have a mechcanical failure, you don't lose as much or the whole thing. Samsung spinpoint series is good and for a quite resonable price. Last time I checked the 120gb was $69.00 at microcenter. While the 80gb are $59.00. As are thier dual layer dvd+/- burner.
__________________

setishock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2005, 03:24 PM   #3
Fully Optimized
 
99nasha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,995
Default

What are you planning to do with this pc again?
99nasha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2005, 01:27 PM   #4
Fully Optimized
 
UK31337's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,776
Default

I'm wanting to run Win98SE (or Win2K, haven't decided yet) for everyday use and a Linux distro out of curiosity (probably FC3 because I've got the disks kicking around).

I'm going to be using the machine for a number of things, e.g. software development and maybe run it as a server. tbh I'm not entirely sure, I just want it to work again.

20GB was way too small though.
UK31337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2005, 01:38 PM   #5
Golden Master
 
Kage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 13,873
Send a message via MSN to Kage
Default

Hi,

It wouldn't make much difference really, as you could do the same with both. I have a 120GB drive I partioned into 4 for all the family members, and end up with about 35gig each or something like that (Giving my sister less as all she has is Sims 2 and Cats hehe).

It might be best to have two seperate smaller drives in your case, again if one fails. If you were worried about hardware failure, you could also set the two hard drives as RAID, so that they copy data to each other, but this would make one not possible to use I think...

It depends really on what you want. You'd probably end up with the same amount of space on the two hard drives as you would with partioning a 120GB drive.

My prefrence would be getting two hard drives for a setup like that (especially with the amount of failures I've had). I would say to partiton if you wanted more than 2 setups for saving room in the computer case.
__________________
Abit IP35 Pro / Q6600 G0 / Zalman 9700 / 8800GTS 640mb / 4x 2GB Corsair XMS / X-FI Xtreme M / 1x 1TB / Antec 900 / Logitech Z-5500 / Samsung 20inch
Kage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2005, 04:15 PM   #6
Daemon Poster
 
zero4zero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 563
Default Re: Hard drives: what should I get?

I wouldn't see a problem using just one 120 Gig hard disk. But for the partitions make them in accordance to your usage. If you are going to use Linux just a bit, I'd set a 30 Gig partition for it, and the remaining 90, I'd split it 60/30: a partition for the operating system and one for data. If speed matters for you and your mobo supports it, get a SATA hard disk as they give better performance.
__________________
Asus P4P800 SE
Intel P4 3.2 Gig 1024 Meg PC3200 cas latency 2.5
RAID 0 2-36.7 Gig SATA WD 10,000 RPM
200 Gig WD ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9600XT
6500 Kb bandwith Internet Connection
zero4zero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2005, 04:18 PM   #7
In Runtime
 
Windex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 153
Default

ert.. nevermind.
__________________

__________________
Num, num, num. MMMMMM FRUIT!
Windex is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0