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hard drive swap

by dcrewchief / December 1, 2004 11:45 AM PST

i have a compaq 6029us XPHE SP2. i recently took a western digital external hdd wdc120 out of its external case and mounted it internaly. pc came with a seagate 80gig and i hooked up western digital as slave on same ide cable. i would like to make the 120 the master and the 80 the slave. checked in everest home edition and it shows xp as retail but the product id as oem. i want the 120 as master cause its 7200 rpm where as the 80 is only 5200 rpm. what problems if any might i run into? putting the os on a differnet hdd tells me there could be some conflict with either microsoft or compaq. any neccesary steps i have to follow to assure a smooth transition? any advice more than welcome.
Donald

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Re: hard drive swap
by Yew / December 1, 2004 8:44 PM PST
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Unless the 120GB drive has an 8MB cache, don't bother. The difference in rotation speed really won't make a huge difference in overall system performance. I'd just leave well enough alone, since to do what you want would likely require a complete reinstallation of Windows and all programs.

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Re: hard drive swap
by retired / December 1, 2004 11:23 PM PST
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I use a utility called Casper XP, it's shareware but really worth the money. If want to clone a HDD and not lose any data, Drivers, Mobo drivers or the need to re-activate and be able to just change the cloned drive to master and boot up, this is what you need.

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Re: hard drive swap
by retired / December 1, 2004 11:27 PM PST
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Re: hard drive swap
by dcrewchief / December 2, 2004 7:34 AM PST
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checking western digitals website and found specs but nothing about cache size. i see 2mb buffer but do not think that is what youre talking about.

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Re: hard drive swap
by dcrewchief / December 2, 2004 7:44 AM PST
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finaly found my answer i was looking for. it a 2mb cache. you say not worth the trouble to make the switch. i noticed when i removed it from external case and mounted it internal that accessing the drive was much quicker so i was thinking along those lines when i was thinking of making it primary.

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