So I'm finally upgrading and going dual core and getting a 8800GT & 2gb of fast memory. However over the the last 5 years I've been using the same hard drive for my operating system. A basic 40gb samsung one.
I was planning on formatting it and installing a fresh copy of windows on it when I build the new PC, and am wondering if I should buy a brand new hard drive to install it on? Would my old hard drive make my pc slower at all? I don't wanna go buying good stuff then having it slow windows down.
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well if you are using 40 GB HD I assume you are using an IDE interface dirive IFf you can afforad a new hard drive then switch to SATA and faster hard drive like raptor then you can get a performance improvement... but before doing all that make sure your mother board supports hard drives
You definitely need a new hdd, the life expectancy is at best 5 years. Agree you should get a SATA. Given you're using a 40GB hdd, you don't have a lot of data so an 80GB SATA Seagate would work, which would be under $50. There is nothing wrong with the Raptor but if you've been using a 40GB hdd for 5 years, you're not likely doing anything that would justify the cost of a Raptor.