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Old 05-30-09, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question External hard drive inquiries...

My old "Dell Dimension 4300" PC is running low of internal hard drive space... what are my options; as far as expanding hard drive capabilities are concern?!?

ALL you computer gurus, chime in please... I thank you in advance
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Since Its a desktop Id say Do some research on hard drives, and pick what you like Ie, (speed, space) the options are limitless for desktops. I would just go enternal tho, no need for an external unless your gonna use it for multiple computers.

ofcourse the fastest external Hard drives Are Esata which means you'll need to buy an adapter, for Esata or either hook it up to your PCI.

uh, again Its limitless

SeaGate makes great hard drives.
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Since Its a desktop Id say Do some research on hard drives, and pick what you like Ie, (speed, space) the options are limitless for desktops. I would just go enternal tho, no need for an external unless your gonna use it for multiple computers.

ofcourse the fastest external Hard drives Are Esata which means you'll need to buy an adapter, for Esata or either hook it up to your PCI.

uh, again Its limitless

SeaGate makes great hard drives.
^^^ My eldest son suggested the same thing ...thanks for the swift response!?!
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Well, naturally, you can either add space or delete stuff. As far as adding space, I wouldn't recommend an external drive, because even USB2.0 data rates don't compare to what you would get over SATA or even IDE (the bus type for internal drives). That is, of course, unless you need to be able to take your data with you.

How much space are you wanting? Does it have to be external? Do you care about speed much? How much are you willing to spend?

Lemme know and I'll do some searching for ya.


Seagate makes great drives. But you gotta be careful with their new ones. I built a computer for my friend, it has a Seagate drive, and it turns out the particular model I got him had some design flaws that caused a multitude of problems for Seagate. Hes on his... fourth drive now I think?

Also, I just found out that while Western Digital makes decent drives, their RMA service and business practices suck. If you need to return a drive, they give you a recertified drive, not a new one. They also don't give you a new warranty, but apply the warranty remaining on the old drive to the new one.
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Yes I heard about the Seagate Incident, Sucks for them but they stick by their word!

an Average Drive will do just fine 5400 rpm. No need for 7200 rpm drive cause the 1.7 ghz processor wouldn't really make full use of it.
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Not necessarily true. RPM speed has more to do with seek times than with data transfer rates.
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Well, naturally, you can either add space or delete stuff. As far as adding space, I wouldn't recommend an external drive, because even USB2.0 data rates don't compare to what you would get over SATA or even IDE (the bus type for internal drives). That is, of course, unless you need to be able to take your data with you.

How much space are you wanting? Does it have to be external? Do you care about speed much? How much are you willing to spend?


Lemme know and I'll do some searching for ya.


Seagate makes great drives. But you gotta be careful with their new ones. I built a computer for my friend, it has a Seagate drive, and it turns out the particular model I got him had some design flaws that caused a multitude of problems for Seagate. Hes on his... fourth drive now I think?

Also, I just found out that while Western Digital makes decent drives, their RMA service and business practices suck. If you need to return a drive, they give you a recertified drive, not a new one. They also don't give you a new warranty, but apply the warranty remaining on the old drive to the new one.
^^^ Prior to starting the thread, I have THIS in mind... thanks for your input GMan!
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My old "Dell Dimension 4300" PC is running low of internal hard drive space... what are my options; as far as expanding hard drive capabilities are concern?!?

ALL you computer gurus, chime in please... I thank you in advance
Dimension 4300 is an intel 845 based machine.
No SATA, and, depending on whether it is an earlier or later revision, it may or may not have USB 2.0. No standard firewire either.

First, I would get a PCI SATA card (PATA is out of fashion now and choice are limited and outdated):
Newegg.com - SYBA SD-SATA-1E1I PCI SATA Controller Card - Controllers / RAID Cards

Then you can either get an internal SATA drive such as this:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

or an external option such as this:

Newegg.com - Cavalry CAXA Series CAXA3701T0 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 7200RPM 16MB Cache External Hard Drive (Hitachi Inside) - External Hard Drives

Best of luck.

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Not necessarily true. RPM speed has more to do with seek times than with data transfer rates.
Data transfer rate = RPM speed * data density... so yes RPM speed has everything to do with transfer rate.
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Thank you for all your suggestions gentlemen... much appreciated
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Ferjie, if you end up going external hard drive for even just cheap insurance for your computers, Costco's got great prices on the USB based ones....again, I'd only use them as a "backup."

Wow a Dimension 4300? SDRAM? Turn that thing into a DVR or media computer only
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Wow a Dimension 4300? SDRAM? Turn that thing into a DVR or media computer only
^^^ Yep, for my personal use only Gabe ...we have 2 other PC's plus 1 lap top and a mini; so there is no reason why I need to buy a new one, thanks for the suggestion though.
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Lol I hear you...I have a HP Pavillion from like 2000 with a 10gb HD and max 256mb pc100!!

She pretty much just holds music now to play over my home network...
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