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    Preferred Set Up for 2 Hard Drives and more!

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> again! As more than a few of you know, I have been updating my nephew's computer for sometime; I was sick for the last month or so which is why it is only getting FINISHED now. At the beginning of January, some of my lounge hero's guided me through a difficult problem with the OS, reformatting it and getting the OS back on.
    I have spent a considerable amount of time reading the motherboard manual, going to the Crucial website to order additional memory and kept plenty of Print Screens from Googling what to do with memory problems which helped immensely.
    I have Googled the information I am asking for help with now and can not come to a consensus. It seems as if there should be a simple choice with a simple explanation but I am unable to find it. I have come across numerous different answers so now I am turning to the PROS for help.
    <font color=blue>Now for the question: How should the following drives be set up inside the computer?
    1. The original HD with the OS is a WD Caviar 80GB dated 12/2004 with 7200 rpm.
    2. The new hard drive is a WD Caviar Blue 250 GB dated 12/2008 with 7200 rpm.
    3. There is also a CD-R/RW/DVD ROM that was with the original build and is dated 11/04.
    4. And I am adding a DVD R/RW & CD-R/RW that I just took out of my computer for an upgrade (dated 03/2006.)
    I purchased two new UV ATA-133 IDE cables as the ribbon cables are crispy. And for my pure enjoyment, I purchased an assortment of computer screws. <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> </font color=blue> I know most of you could build an extra computer with the parts you have sitting around but I am not in that category (yet or for a while to come!) Need a laugh? I am doing this upgrade with one USB mouse that I switch from one computer to the other as needed and am driving myself nuts! <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15> Can't drive yet . . . should have ordered one from newegg.com with the HD, 2GB of memory and the cables and screws but I forgot . . .

    I have read that putting the two HD's on one cable slows them down to the lowest speed but if they are both 7200 does that make a difference. I have also read that pairing a HD with a CD or DVD drive can significantly slow the HD down. What is the optimal set up in this situation and almost as important - WHY? Always want to learn.

    I also have a question regarding the CPU just for the record. It is a "unknown 1150Mhz" CPU (also found the following: x86 Family 6 Model 10, Stepping 0 Authentic AMD 1143 Mhz.) and I haven't had to remove a fan yet so I hesitate to cause any additional headaches at this point. The $$ for a motherboard upgrade is not and will not be a priority for sometime; should I have considered an upgrade to the processor? I know that only certain ones go on the motherboard and that it is an ASUS A7N8X-X. How much of a change would I have noticed? Would it have been a cost effective decision? I've already spent $150 on this gift and the DVD R/RW. Just wondering what your esteemed thoughts on this are! <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>
    As soon as this is straightened out, I can actually close the case and work on loading the software. Good thing I have until Sunday!

    Thanks for your time, as always. I apologize for this being too wordy!

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    Re: Preferred Set Up for 2 Hard Drives and more!

    cs,
    Assuming this is a EIDE drive setup, I would place the original HD with the OS on it as the Primary Master. The newer optical drive as the Primary Slave.
    The second HD as the Secondary master, with the other optical drive as Secondary Slave.

    Again, the assumption is that you aren't planning to reinstall the OS onto the newer HD. If that's the case, then reverse the HDs as Primary and Secondary.

    So far as the CPU change, I wouldn't worry about changing JUST the processor without a MB change also in the works.
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    Re: Preferred Set Up for 2 Hard Drives and more!

    Hello Bob,
    Thank you for your answer. I have another question! Is there a reason I should put the OS on the 250GB HD instead of the 80GB? Regarding the memory, I upgraded that last night to 2GB.
    Thanks!
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    Re: Preferred Set Up for 2 Hard Drives and more!

    Unless you feel your OS needs some more room or if the newer HD had faster specs, then I would change. If not leave well enough alone and enjoy the added space for other things.
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    Re: Preferred Set Up for 2 Hard Drives and more!

    Thank you, Bob! Now comes the fun part; putting it all together. For some reason, I enjoy this! Thank you for your time and assistance!

    Cherie
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