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I have a 3 yr old Dell Inspirion 9300 with a 51gb hard drive. I only have 7gb free space left. My question - what % of free space is needed for the laptop to perform well?

Thanks!

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As much as possible. Here's why.

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Hard disks have "zones." Here's some articles about it. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=HARD+DISK+ZONES&btnG=Google+Search

As you fill the drive, each zone is progressively slower. I won't rewrite the following. The outermost track has many more sectors per track so it's the best performing zone. As you move in (filling the drive) the count drops and performance falls are almost half according to some benchmarks.

Why have such a full drive?
Bob

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Thanks for the info and articles. I've been putting off getting a new drive - now it's time. Any brand and model recommendations?

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Just sharing.

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I picked up one of the 89 buck 750GB SATA drives from geeks.com. You can get good deals from newegg.com as well but stay within the sizes that your machine and OS supports.
Bob

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