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Not quite so swish as the other Hard Disks appearing recently, but with a 3 year warranty I recon its a bit of a bargain...

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* Manufacturer: Samsung * Interface: ATA 133 * Capacity: 40GB * Rotation Speed: 7200rpm * Cache: 2MB * Seek Time: 8.9ms * Warranty: 3 Years
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#1
Not sure what you would use 40gb for....
#2
Thanks.

I Ordered 2, I still have a few old machines where you need to use software tricks on large hard drives to get them to work.
Plus, you can also use these solely for the OS and have a separate drive for everything else.
#3
Handy for a swapfile in Vista :giggle:
#4
How does this work out as £/GB. This one is 37.5p per GB. Is it expensive or cheap compared to others? I know the answer will be the bigger the size of the drive the cheaper the price for the memory £/GB
#5
wazza
How does this work out as £/GB. This one is 37.5p per GB. Is it expensive or cheap compared to others? I know the answer will be the bigger the size of the drive the cheaper the price for the memory £/GB


Expensive you can get 8p per gb nowadays:thumbsup:
#6
Great for any old PCs kicking about with a dead/small/slow HD that you want to bring back to life! Or if you're putting together a PC on a VERY tight budget.

When I saw the deal title I decided it was going to be hit or miss depending on the delivery... and it's free! Should be mentioned in the title along with price ;)).

Sure it's low £/GB value but if you're buying a second drive then I don't even think you should be looking at a 40GB or you'll be needing another one soon! More HDs means more heat and more power used inside your PC, not to mention your drive spaces will fill up pretty quickly.
#7
A 500GB drive can be had for <£65 which is about 13p/GB but this is still a good deal for a minimum cost option for use in an older machine. A few old parts one of these and install ubuntu and you've got a low cost reliable machine for office and web type tasks.
#8
just-me
A 500GB drive can be had for <£65 which is about 13p/GB but this is still a good deal for a minimum cost option for use in an older machine. A few old parts one of these and install ubuntu and you've got a low cost reliable machine for office and web type tasks.


Is ubuntu a linux software?

Is there a program that allows old PC to recognises a larger hard drive? Some old motherboards only recognise a hard drive up to a certain size. If you fit a bigger drive you can only use part of it as dictated by the motherboard/bios or whatever constraints it.
#9
Thinking about one of these to use as a Windows 98 boot drive on my new machine for the kids old games.
#10
Gold Feet
Thinking about one of these to use as a Windows 98 boot drive on my new machine for the kids old games.


Have you got Xp?

If so, Have you tried the compatibility wizard?
#11
Anyone think this would be a good for having the OS and all system software on while having other things such as my files on a seperate drive?

Or would i be better off with something like a 80 gig drive instead?

Thanks :)
#12
Daz CPFC
Anyone think this would be a good for having the OS and all system software on while having other things such as my files on a seperate drive?

Or would i be better off with something like a 80 gig drive instead?

Thanks :)

Not a bad shout, I did something similar with my old PC, had a 30Gb one i used for XP and had all my programs and games on a larger disk.
#13
wazza
Is ubuntu a linux software?
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yes it is. you can download it for free.
#14
Gaz
Not a bad shout, I did something similar with my old PC, had a 30Gb one i used for XP and had all my programs and games on a larger disk.


Intresting. Just as if the OS messes up makes it much nicer to know your files are nice and easy to get at still :)
#15
Good deal thanks.

Perfect for my 4 y/o niece's first computer.
#16
wazza
Is ubuntu a linux software?

Is there a program that allows old PC to recognises a larger hard drive? Some old motherboards only recognise a hard drive up to a certain size. If you fit a bigger drive you can only use part of it as dictated by the motherboard/bios or whatever constraints it.


Sometimes there's a Motherboard BIOS flash available from your Mobo manufacter's website and if you have XP I think SP1 sorts it software-wise.
#17
Don't know why anyone would post this on here? I can't see what use this would be to anyone? Win 98 someone was saying? God, that was some while ago.

Anyone want my 500Mhz Intel CPU? HAHA.
#18
Daz CPFC
Anyone think this would be a good for having the OS and all system software on while having other things such as my files on a seperate drive? Or would i be better off with something like a 80 gig drive instead? Thanks :)

Since it’s only 40GB it will likely be fairly old and therefore slower than today’s drives which pack their data much more densely on the platters which increases their throughput. So it’s not ideal for an O/S drive.

Great price for a drive that is still large enough for some peoples needs and with a good warranty. Samsung drives have typically had a 5 year warranty for ages now so it may even be more than 3 years for this!
#19
waiho
Don't know why anyone would post this on here? I can't see what use this would be to anyone? Win 98 someone was saying? God, that was some while ago. Anyone want my 500Mhz Intel CPU? HAHA.

You’d be surprised how little space you need if you don’t use your PC for Games or have a large collection of media files.
My XP install and My Documents comes to only 11GB and I could easily slim that down by more.
I have a 400GB drive and it’s close to full but that’s because I’m a bit of a geek so have VMs, Freeview recordings, a very large MP3 collection etc.
But the core of my PC is contained on that 11GB. 40GB is plenty for many people.
#20
[SIZE=2]40 Gb... Fuzzy logic... Get a bigger drive. This one is cheap for a reason.[/SIZE]
#21
Worth noting that Samsung drives are very quiet. This will be a single platter model making it even quieter.

The drive itself isn't that old and it is 7200RPM. It was still in production when Samsung's 160GB drives were around.
#22
CHRIST0
[SIZE=2]40 Gb... Fuzzy logic... Get a bigger drive. This one is cheap for a reason.[/SIZE]


And there's always a some reason that someone wants something cheap. Just because it doesn't fit your needs doesn't mean it won't/can't server others'.
#23
I was using that exact drive for the O/S and another 160gb Samsung up until last month. The 40gb was used nearly every day for at least 4-5 hours for over five and-a-half years. Never let me down, Samsung all the way...

Oh, and the 400gb in the current rig is a Sammy too. :thumbsup:
#24
Perfect as a maintenance boot disk, especially if you have an external case lying about.
#25
Good deal. Voted Hot
#26
Iom-RF
Have you got Xp?

If so, Have you tried the compatibility wizard?


I did do but could only get one to work, these are old educational games that Ive kept for the youngest, Im on Vista now, probably be easier to buy new software.
#27
Good post for a good drive and it's a very good price . I've been buying this size for my school PC's at £24 +VAT from another supplier. I hear alot about 300/400/500 gig drives , I wouldn't want one for nowt . See how long it takes to to scan a 500 gig drive with a anti-virus program or try and get 500gig's worth of downloads off in a hurry when you get a siezure or a nasty virus .
#28
You can get:

80 GB drives for £24
120 GB drives for £29
160 GB drives for £30
200 GB drives for £35
250 GB drives for £37
320 GB drives for £43
500 GB drives for £60

... so 40 GB for £15 isn't that amazing really.
#29
this is ideal for my new dual core media pc under the tv very quiet and big enough for any O/S and all the apps you can throw at it good warranty i have terra bytes of storage but for those that need a quiet drive that dont really have big storage needs this is great another good idea is a clone drive to keep a backup of your system after you have formated it and got it how you like it. If anything goes wrong restore your system from it great price voted hot
#30
King Mustard
You can get:

80 GB drives for £24
120 GB drives for £29
160 GB drives for £30
200 GB drives for £35
250 GB drives for £37
320 GB drives for £43
500 GB drives for £60

... so 40 GB for £15 isn't that amazing really.


Indeed. There is a reason to use such a drive, and that reason is that you already have one and don't have something better about. Buying one new now strikes me as a waste.

I have some old drives kicking about, from less than a GB up to 40GB (from my Sky+ after I upgraded) and I don't plan on ever using them. I still have them as part 'in case I need them' and part 'don't want to get rid of them without smashing them so they can't be read'.
#31
2MB Cache? Ew.
#32
PoisonJam
And there's always a some reason that someone wants something cheap. Just because it doesn't fit your needs doesn't mean it won't/can't server others'.

If you have an older system, probably dont download music/dvd and are just looking for a bit of extra space to run programmes, this may be for you.
[SIZE=2]..or your looking to backup some data...could be for you.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]Its £14 for a new relaible drive ..it could be useful in some situations.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]£14 is reasonable for 40gb drive (not knocking that)if people are thinking of useing this for a backup drive this in would be much more useful if you bought a usb external drive case and have it portable -then its much easier to transport data & larger data can be moved/ stored easier.[/SIZE]
#33
There is actually something to be said for small hard drives. In my server I have an ancient 60GB drive as my main boot disk. Guess what, it's nearly empty. The server literally serves media files from the other disks (total space about 2TB) and runs utorrent.

The advantage of having that sort of setup is, if you get a bad shutdown etc its a LOT quicker for the OS to check the disk than if you were running say a 500GB boot disk.

The other use for these is for making a 'live' backup disk with, for example, Acronis truimage. If your main boot disk goes down it's just a case of swapping the old drive out and bunging the backup drive in and away you go. Saves all the hassle of reinstalling O/S's, applications etc.

For general usage though it would be pretty naff. Look on it as £12 for the drive with £2.99 p&p, cos nothings 'free':thumbsup:
#34

80 GB drives for £24
120 GB drives for £29
160 GB drives for £30
200 GB drives for £35
250 GB drives for £37
320 GB drives for £43
500 GB drives for £60>

Where can you get a 500GB SATA drive for £60 as I would be interested in getting one for that price
#35
stephentheshark

80 GB drives for £24
120 GB drives for £29
160 GB drives for £30
200 GB drives for £35
250 GB drives for £37
320 GB drives for £43
500 GB drives for £60>

Where can you get a 500GB SATA drive for £60 as I would be interested in getting one for that price


As these drives are IDE your question has no relevance... But try Microdirect;-) They're around £68 delivered there. Another good place to check is the little known website known as google:giggle: :thumbsup:
#36
ebuyer had a seagate 500gb for 58 delivered ,awaiting stock but they have a few for around £65.2mb is is all needed for a drive this size.doubt any bigger cache for a drive this size was ever used.

mind you as a media centre you could put xp,30 films and 10gb of mp3's on it,not bad for 15 quid.plus with the drive being full you wont need to defrag as much

good deal overall.
#37
Shengis
As these drives are IDE your question has no relevance... But try Microdirect;-) They're around £68 delivered there. Another good place to check is the little known website known as google:giggle: :thumbsup:


How would you Google for Google if you've never heard of Google? :giggle:
#38
Ask Jeeves? lol

This drive would be good for a lower power consumption, small form factor PC. Beyond that, its small cache would mean it's not the best "OS drive". It is, as already posted, an ideal way to give Ubuntu a try though.... (everyone should give it a go at!)
#39
here here on Ubuntu, I run it as a dual OS with XP on my laptop
#40
stora
How would you Google for Google if you've never heard of Google? :giggle:

Good point:giggle:

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