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2nd hard drive?

by mekanic / January 5, 2005 12:49 AM PST

I have a P4 PC, 512MB RAM, with a 60 GIG hard drive. Since I tried doing some video editing but soon ran out of hard drive space. Would installing a second hard drive be prefferential over replacing the existing one? Would I need another fan, or a larger power supply? What other things would I need if I install a second hard drive? Would I be able to dedicate the 2nd hard drive to video editing?

I think I would like to also install a DVD burner as I am using a CD burner right now, and can only create VCD's. Any recommendations on good DVD burners? Thanks

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depends on what really happened with that video file
by TONI H / January 5, 2005 1:04 AM PST
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If your harddrive is FAT32 and the video exceeded 4GB, that's the limit of the file size allowed and you will get the error message that you've run out of space.

If you have an NTFS system (W2K or XP), the file size itself won't matter until you go to burn it to a dvd and if it's over 4GB or so after decoding it won't fit on one cd unless you shrink it with another software program.

If you are going to install a second larger harddrive as a slave, that's do-able and you can use that drive as the destination for your editing programs. You can probably also move some of your other large folders such as My Documents to that new drive as well.

TONI

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Try this...
by Willy / January 5, 2005 1:04 AM PST
In reply to: 2nd hard drive?

You might have gotten by if you added only a 2nd HD. But then you mention you want a 2nd CD drive as well, when you start to add all the goodies, its good insurance to increase the p/s units wattage. In most cases a 400W+ is a very good start and the better the namebrand the more likely it'll be stable too. I suggest Antec, Enermax and Vantec as good candidates. With the added heat build-up of extra devices. adding a 2nd fan is a good idea plus using "rounded" IDE cable if not so equipped. This will increase air circultation and anything else possible for your system case that may have an open spot for it. Further, you should consider monitoring you system with either a provided bios monitoring or your mtrbd. s/w pgm. on CD if it has one to check cpu heat range, voltages, fan RPM, etc..

As for DVD burners, just buy what you feel comfortable with. Many buy cheap or bargain ones and pay later, but most don't last more than 18mo. anyways due to wear&tear or simple cheapness. Better units(name brand) do far better, look at Sony and Liteon, of course they cost more. If it costs more and they have their label on it, good possibility it will work well. Also, check for whatever s/w bundle is included as a plus.

good luck Happy -----Willy

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