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November 20, 2013 7:34:55 AM

Here are my computer specifications -
Motherboard - Asus P5kpl am/ps
Ram - 2 gb ddr2
Processor - Core 2 Duo e5300 @ 2.67 ghz
Hard Disk - 40 gb ( 10 years old but i'm comfortable with that disk size )
GPU - ATI Radeon 5670 HD 1 gb ddr3
OS - Windows XP
My PC runs slow like a snail.It takes around 3 minutes to show the desktop and another 2-3 minutes to start functioning well. I don't think that my PC's spec are very very bad as I just do a bit of surfing and play football games like Fifa or Pes. I had just installed HD Tuner pro 5.50 and the benchmarks are very bad. Moreover it says

No. of retired sectors 197 and the drive has damaged sectors.

So...should I go for a hard disk or solid state drive ? My budget is very low - 63 $ and I'm through with the 64 gb size ( btw It's more than enough for me ) or I should buy a Hdd ?? and can upgrading the storage disk solve the slowness of my computer ?

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November 20, 2013 7:45:12 AM

40GB bad sectors and full so replacement in order. Yes it can solve your slowness go bigger.
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November 20, 2013 7:56:06 AM

First of all - is the current hard drive a SATA drive or an IDE drive?

If it's SATA then moving to an SSD would probably help, but you'll likely use up your entire budget to buy one, even a 60G or 64G

If it's IDE then you can try to get a newer IDE drive but that'll be difficult and expensive (unless you get a used one and that one might end up having bad sectors anyways). In this case, you may want to start budgeting & saving for a full new machine - or go to TigerDirect and buy a refurb with Win7 and a SATA drive (around $200)
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November 20, 2013 7:59:42 AM

Having an c2d most likely there is SATA option on the motherboard, so IDE or SATA is irrelevant!
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November 20, 2013 9:43:07 AM

You absolutely should upgrade your hard-drive. If you need more evidence, run chkdsk with command prompt.
You should also consider getting some more RAM. I was running 2gb in my XP and just recently upgraded to 4 gb. It helped a bit with performance.

Switching out your HDD is definitely the priority here, and don't skimp on size. Even though 40 GB might hold all of your data, it's probably close to full. A "fuller" HDD is slower than a less full HDD. Just something to consider.

You could also look into SSDs. They're not a very cost-effective way to increase performance, but I can't deny that the performance they deliver is incredible.

Hope that helps!

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November 20, 2013 10:32:16 AM

rolli59 said:
Having an c2d most likely there is SATA option on the motherboard, so IDE or SATA is irrelevant!


what i meant is - even if the mobo has a sata port, if the OS is on an ide hard drive then moving over to a sata drive can be a pain in the butt (unless he's ok with doing a clean install or futzing around a fair bit)

if the OS is already on a sata drive, then the transition is very simple and worth exploring.
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November 20, 2013 3:59:23 PM

giantbucket said:
First of all - is the current hard drive a SATA drive or an IDE drive?

If it's SATA then moving to an SSD would probably help, but you'll likely use up your entire budget to buy one, even a 60G or 64G

If it's IDE then you can try to get a newer IDE drive but that'll be difficult and expensive (unless you get a used one and that one might end up having bad sectors anyways). In this case, you may want to start budgeting & saving for a full new machine - or go to TigerDirect and buy a refurb with Win7 and a SATA drive (around $200)


I really don't know what is Ide....but i think my hdd uses sata connection not the pata one. And I can't really go beyond 63 $...really...
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November 20, 2013 4:11:24 PM

DonQuixoteMC said:
You absolutely should upgrade your hard-drive. If you need more evidence, run chkdsk with command prompt.
You should also consider getting some more RAM. I was running 2gb in my XP and just recently upgraded to 4 gb. It helped a bit with performance.

Switching out your HDD is definitely the priority here, and don't skimp on size. Even though 40 GB might hold all of your data, it's probably close to full. A "fuller" HDD is slower than a less full HDD. Just something to consider.

You could also look into SSDs. They're not a very cost-effective way to increase performance, but I can't deny that the performance they deliver is incredible.

Hope that helps!

DonQuixoteMC


I still have 25 gb of free space on my hard disk ! :D 
Should I go for ADATA Premier Pro SP600 64 GB Internal Hard Drive ??
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November 20, 2013 4:15:09 PM

Jatin96 said:
I really don't know what is Ide....but i think my hdd uses sata connection not the pata one. And I can't really go beyond 63 $...really...


Do you have Windows Install discs?

If you could put a clean installation of windows onto a new HDD (such as this 500GB or this 1TB) your computer would be significantly faster.


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I still have 25 gb of free space on my hard disk ! :D 


Oh, wow. Well if you have that much free space, then that SSD would be perfect!
Still, This SSD is only a few dollars more (it's on sale) and it has twice the space. If you're ordering soon, I'd recommend that one.

Of course, if you're getting an SSD, then you should absolutely put a clean installation of windows on that sucker.

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November 20, 2013 5:34:08 PM

DonQuixoteMC said:
Jatin96 said:
I really don't know what is Ide....but i think my hdd uses sata connection not the pata one. And I can't really go beyond 63 $...really...


Do you have Windows Install discs?

If you could put a clean installation of windows onto a new HDD (such as this 500GB or this 1TB) your computer would be significantly faster.


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I still have 25 gb of free space on my hard disk ! :D 


Oh, wow. Well if you have that much free space, then that SSD would be perfect!
Still, This SSD is only a few dollars more (it's on sale) and it has twice the space. If you're ordering soon, I'd recommend that one.

Of course, if you're getting an SSD, then you should absolutely put a clean installation of windows on that sucker.

DonQuixoteMC


Yes I do have Windows installation disk but it's not original but it works well without giving any errors. Will that work fine ?
And I think now I can install Windows 7 because earlier it used to lag a lot
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November 20, 2013 6:05:59 PM

Installing Windows 7 would be perfect, but you would want to get more RAM.

On a side note, "recovery disks" won't install Windows, they are designed to repair existing installations. So if you had recovery disks they would not install windows onto an empty hard-drive. Just something to look out for.

If you ever have any other questions, just let me know!

Best of luck!

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November 21, 2013 1:50:57 AM

DonQuixoteMC said:
Installing Windows 7 would be perfect, but you would want to get more RAM.

On a side note, "recovery disks" won't install Windows, they are designed to repair existing installations. So if you had recovery disks they would not install windows onto an empty hard-drive. Just something to look out for.

If you ever have any other questions, just let me know!

Best of luck!

DonQuixoteMC


I can't understand what you are talking about...I'm not a geek and btw I can't increase my ram because I have to purchase a new optical drive too...
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November 21, 2013 5:02:34 AM

Jatin96 said:
I can't understand what you are talking about...I'm not a geek and btw I can't increase my ram because I have to purchase a new optical drive too...


Sorry, I just wasn't being clear.

Do you have installation discs like this one?
I just want to make sure you can install the OS onto a new hard drive.

As for RAM, you don't need more RAM, but you probably would want it. The minimum RAM requirement for Windows 7 64-bit is 2GB, which is the amount of RAM you have. So it would still work, but you might run into some performance issues down the road. (Windows 7 32 bit only has a 1GB requirement, so if you have that version, it could help.)

And why do you need a new optical drive? If it's to install Windows, then there is a way to get around using an optical drive by using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Just a suggestion.

Sorry again for unclear writing. I hope what I wrote makes sense. If you're interested and need help with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, let me know and we'll figure something out.

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November 21, 2013 5:31:18 AM

DonQuixoteMC said:
Jatin96 said:
I can't understand what you are talking about...I'm not a geek and btw I can't increase my ram because I have to purchase a new optical drive too...


Sorry, I just wasn't being clear.

Do you have installation discs like this one?
I just want to make sure you can install the OS onto a new hard drive.

As for RAM, you don't need more RAM, but you probably would want it. The minimum RAM requirement for Windows 7 64-bit is 2GB, which is the amount of RAM you have. So it would still work, but you might run into some performance issues down the road. (Windows 7 32 bit only has a 1GB requirement, so if you have that version, it could help.)

And why do you need a new optical drive? If it's to install Windows, then there is a way to get around using an optical drive by using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Just a suggestion.

Sorry again for unclear writing. I hope what I wrote makes sense. If you're interested and need help with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, let me know and we'll figure something out.

DonQuixoteMC


Well thanx for all your lightening fast ( and to the point ) replies to all my queries and I need an Optical Drive because my old one has stopped reading disks and I am dying to play Fifa 14 :wahoo: 
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November 21, 2013 9:05:12 AM

Jatin96 said:
Well thanx for all your lightening fast ( and to the point ) replies to all my queries and I need an Optical Drive because my old one has stopped reading disks and I am dying to play Fifa 14 :wahoo: 

Fifa 14 sounds like as good a reason as any to get a working optical drive :) 

Glad I could help!

DonQuixoteMC

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