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    Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    I am getting a new PC in the next couple of days (Athlon 1700, 1.43 Ghz, 128 Mb RAM, 20 GB HD) that I will be putting XP-Pro on. I have an old 1.2 GB drive that I am considering salvaging and using in the new computer - it will have to be attached for a while anyway to copy over old files. Would this be a viable candidate for a permanent swap file or Temp, Tmp & TIF location? I don't know the drive's speed, but I've had it just over 6 years now.

    PS - How forgiving is XP when it comes to swapping in and out spare drives, or is this mostly a BIOS issue? In addition to the 1.2 drive I have a newer 15 GB drive that I need to copy files from before it gets recycled to another PC.

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    It might be better to partition off a small portion of the new hard drive for your Swap&Temp files. My understanding is it would be faster access time. You could always use the 1.2 B hard drive for storage.

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    Cowboy,
    IMHO, I do not think that is correct. The best you could do is put the swap/temp on your fastest device if you have a choice. Most likely that will be the newest drive. Having a second partition on the same drive may only save him on fragmentation. Because of the OS queueing when accessing the same device and head movement, having a second device is usually the best option. However, a six year old drive may be slow enough to negate the advantage of a separate drive. First and foremost he should add a minimum of 128 MB RAM to the system. If he is really running multiple apps he should consider going to 512 MB total. He'll most likely see a better benefit from the memory. Then I'd play with the files.

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    You might be right Joe but when I asked this same question in the Lounge a while back that was the answer I was given by tha Majority. Because most the time the main reason for having Swap & Temp files on a differant partititon is to have a cleaner Defrag.on your system partition. That is if your OS is on the fastest hard drive and the hard drive is big enough to partition off for your Swap& Temp files. My bet is , is that his new hard drive is faster then his old 1.2GB hard drive. And what research I have done on the internet on this subject has told told me the same thing, to partition off a small potion on the same hard drive, If your OS is on the fastest hard drive and your hard drive has plenty room. But thats what I have been told. Thats what I have done and it has worked really well for me. And you are right about having more Memory that is very important for a smooth fast running system. I have 768 MB of SDRAM, CPU Overclocked at 1050 MHZ from 933 MHZ. And it runs fantastic.

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    If the swap files are on the same hard disk but different partition, you will have a slow usage of the swap file do to the time the heads must travel to the different partitions. The only reason to move your swap files is to get a faster response, and it MUST be on a separate hard drive to achieve this. If the separate hard drive is a older but slower you MAY get some improvement.

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    Dave where were you, when I asked this question? So what your saying is it takes longer for the heads to travel across the same hard drive to a different partition then it takes to access a different hard drive. If thats true I need to make some changes. Does it matter if your second hard drive is an external USB? Same speed as my internal, both are 30GB Maxtors@7200RPM?

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    You are correct Dave I looked at several articles on the net that say the same thing, although they did not tell me if my second hard drive being external would make a differance. One thing they did say is that the fact that I have 768MB SDRAM I shouldn't ever need the Swap File. Is this true? If so will disabling it make any difference?

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    Re: Old drive for temp storage (Pro)

    Is this true? <font color=red>Yes</font color=red>

    If so will disabling it make any difference? <font color=red>no, at some time the system may need to use a swap file</font color=red>

    I have found with 256 megs or more of ram, that if I just let Windows manage the swap file things run just fine.

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