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December 30, 2010 7:08:30 PM

I have a system I built in January 2008, with help from the kind people on this forum. I have since replaced the video card with recommendations also from Tom's Hardware, and I shortly plan to reinstall windows. I recently purchased a 2 TB hard drive mainly for storage.

I would like recommendations on what software should go where, as the hard drives I have are generally fairly old. I am unsure what would end up with the best load times for World of Warcraft, while multi-tasking with Firefox.

Where should I put these 4 items:
1. Windows XP
2. World of Warcraft
3. Firefox
4. Music & Movies 1.5 TB+, will change over time and will likely be seeded on torrents.

Current System Specs:

Hard drives:
2 TB Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS
750 GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS
500 GB Maxtor STM3500630AS
400 GB Seagate ST3400632A


HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #: GA-P35-DS3L

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: CMPSU-550VX

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996527

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December 30, 2010 7:23:48 PM

This one is a toss up to be, the Western digital 2 tb drive has a 64mb cache but it looks like they only run and 5400 rpm, while the rest are 7200 rpm, but have a 16mb cache.

As the Western Digital is SATA I would probably partiton it and just use that for everything, with backups of my windows install and the important files on one of the other drives, but I'm not sure that it would make that much of a difference between any of the sata drives you have as the sata transfer will probably be about the same on all of them. I don't think with a new processor you will see much difference either way.
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