I am planning on upgrading my 2 IDE hardrives to 1 500 gig. SATA hardrive. I have an 80 gig primary hardrive that has my operating system and various files, and I have a 160 gig hardrive with videos, movies, etc. on it. In addition I have a DVD combo drive, and I recently added a DVD burner to my computer... so all My IDE positions are occupied. The main reason I want to switch to SATA is that I've noticed my hardrive is getting a little slower, or I've just gotten tired of it's normal speed. I also want to clean up the clutter with the ribbon cables and make better air flow. Now my question is, will this hardrive be alright, and for it's price I hope it is : www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=101258-9 . I'm also wondering if the 3.0 speed is compatible with my motherboard... I was deciding between that and the 1.5, and I'm truly wondering if I'll notice much of a difference between the 2. Also, with having an SATA drive, I was wondering if I am still able to have IDE drives run simutaneously... Like if I wanted to keep my other drives, and add them for additional storage later on. I plan building one into an external enclosure for an external hardrive when I do all this. And I'm also wondering if this will speed up the transfer of my DVD roms by eliminating the traffic on the ribbon cables, and leaving them to be on seperate cables. I was also considering upgrading my operating system to windows vista home premium around christmas, I was wondering if you thought it would be a good idea at the moment or if I should wait longer to upgrade, and if my system with those specs, and my current specs will be compatible
Thanks for all the help you guys have given me, and I"m sure this is probably the easiest of all my questions asked.
all my hardrives are 7200 RPM, 8 mb cache
I don't know how to over clock my video card, and I've noticed it has been running slower than what it used to run as when I first got it... wondering if I could try a slight over clock to see if it will improve performance.