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December 29, 2007 4:46:15 PM

Hello, I currently have two internal HDD's, c: for OS and applications/data and a d: drive for additional storage. I just purchased a ata-100 500gb 8mb cache WD hard drive to hopefully replace my current 100gb c: drive. I have an external enclosure on order that I was going to use to clone the c: drive but while I wait for that to arrive, I'm wondering if it would be faster to temporarily swap out my internal d: hard drive(slave on IDE-1) with the new 500gb drive, clone my current c: drive to the new drive (using Acronis True Image 11) and swap my current c: drive with the new cloned 500gb drive? I was hoping to gain some speed as my current 100gb WD HDD only has a 2 mb cache where the new drive has 8 mb cache. Are there pitfalls to doing this? Will I see the whole 500gb or will the OS think I still have the old drive installed? Is there a specific procedure I should be following? I'm sure this has been asked before. I have been searching the forums to learn the correct way of doing this but the situations vary from mine.
Any suggestions are appreciated!

WinXP Pro SP2 installed, AMD 2800+


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December 29, 2007 5:34:24 PM

Should work just as you described. Good luck.
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December 29, 2007 5:42:09 PM

I think this should work.

I doubt that you will be able to detect any performance increase because of the added cache. The rpm's are what is most important.
December 29, 2007 6:57:04 PM

Thanks for the reply! I'm assuming that no modifications to the bios is required? I appreciate your input. I guess if no performance increase is gained, I'll just clone the drive to the external and keep it as backup and move a lot of data to the new drive.