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October 29, 2008 11:43:44 AM

hello all,

I will start by saying i have two sata internal HDD and one external usb HDD. I use my two internal drives to hold program data and carryout installs. i use my external HDD to save documents, music, videos, pictures etc. The reason for this is because i understand that the more space you have on your HDD's the quicker it is to access programs so the quicker your computer will be.

I have recently filled up my external HDD and am looking to get a new one. My question is, should i get an internal or external HDD. If i get an internal one and fill it up, will it slow my computer down, will it cause any bottlenecks?

help would be appreciated


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a b G Storage
October 29, 2008 12:01:27 PM

No, your data will not affect your performance, only marginally when doing searches, indexing.
It's better to have an internal drive, as it is faster and not subject to writing errors due to fast disconnection.

a b G Storage
October 29, 2008 12:06:34 PM

Any drive does show a little bit of a slow down as you fill it up.
But it is the drive that is full that gets slower, not your computer.
As that drive gets fuller, it's access speed starts to drop off. But it is not a significant amount until you start to get over about 85% of capacity.
Whether it is internal or external really has nothing to do with it.
Internal drives are generally faster.
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October 29, 2008 12:40:46 PM

ok thanks for the replies guys. Should get an internal one really. Have any advise on this? I know to get SATA over IDE. Is 7200rpm the fastest you can get? Anything else you think should be mentioned would be greatly appreciated.