PC Hardware forum

General discussion

hard drive question

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?


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: hard drive question
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: hard drive question
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
As much as possible. Here's why.

In reply to: hard drive question

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?

Collapse -
hard drive

In reply to: As much as possible. Here's why.

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

Collapse -
Just sharing.

In reply to: hard drive

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.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Sublime suburban chariot

High on style and technology, the 2019 Volvo XC90 is an incredibly satisfying everyday crossover.