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Memory on computers...please help an idiot...

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Hi As well as a couple of laptops we have an old PC about 5 years old in the house which i store all my Itunes and photos on...this is geting very slow now and think its probably bursting at the seam… Read More
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Hi
As well as a couple of laptops we have an old PC about 5 years old in the house which i store all my Itunes and photos on...this is geting very slow now and think its probably bursting at the seams. I have run cleaners etc so really think it is now filling up.
I am thinking of getting an external HDD something like a Western Digital 500GB to store my music and photos on.
Here's the ambarrasssing question....on the front of the old computer it says...505 intel premium processor...2.66 GHZ Cashe...80 GB SATA Hard Drive....256MB DDR
Am i right in thinking the WD 500 GB directly relates to the 80 GB ...
If so that would give me loads of space.
I had thought of buying a new PC but this one has been great and is in the bedroom so whilst its a bit old fashioned if i can give it a few more years would happily do so as I am thinking instead of getting myself a good laptop that i dont have to share with the rest of the family.
Thanks for taking your time to read this.
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Yes the 500gb is the same as the 80gb storage,Your PC has 256mb of RAM memory and just upgrading this to 512mb and even better 1gb will give it a large boost,
1 Like #2
get rid of the 256 mb memory and put a couple of 2gb sticks in there and it will perform like a much newer machine, and load programs/files quite a bit faster
also uninstall anything your not using, and get rid of most of the quick start programs (icons by the clock) most arent needed to be run when you turn the computer on.

Upgrading the hard drive to the 500GB one you suggested would be good but may not be needed, it depends on how much free space you have on the one already in there.
If you upgrade it you'll have to reinstall the operating system also
#3
You could just install more RAM which might make it faster, if you want to keep the machine. You can find out what your can take by doing a scan at http://www.crucial.com/uk/?click=true
1 Like #4
karenhornby
get rid of the 256 mb memory and put a couple of 2gb sticks in there and it will perform like a much newer machine, and load programs/files quite a bit faster
also uninstall anything your not using, and get rid of most of the quick start programs (icons by the clock) most arent needed to be run when you turn the computer on.

Upgrading the hard drive to the 500GB one you suggested would be good but may not be needed, it depends on how much free space you have on the one already in there.
If you upgrade it you'll have to reinstall the operating system also


Acouple of 2gb sticks would be way overkill for this,Xp really needs at least 512mb to run and 1gb would be even better ,
#5
2x2Gb would be pointless given XP can only use 3Gb.

You also have to take in to account that adding an external hard drive would make access slower from that machine as it would be USB-based (possibly even USB1 given the age of the machine) and not SATA.

I would copy all the required data over to an external drive, then install 1Gb of RAM in the machine and then format it and reinstall everything you NEED on that machine. Notice the word NEED there. The less you have installed, the faster it will operate. Then copy your files back over to the PC and it will perform much better.
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suchafunkymonkey
2x2Gb would be pointless given XP can only use 3Gb.

You also have to take in to account that adding an external hard drive would make access slower from that machine as it would be USB-based (possibly even USB1 given the age of the machine) and not SATA.

I would copy all the required data over to an external drive, then install 1Gb of RAM in the machine and then format it and reinstall everything you NEED on that machine. Notice the word NEED there. The less you have installed, the faster it will operate. Then copy your files back over to the PC and it will perform much better.



If you reinstall this guide might help a little

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp.htm
#7
Thanks for advice...looked on you tube about putting more memory in and it looked easy so ordered
2 X 512MB RAM.
Hopefully it will give the machine a bit more hoomph...(not sure if that is spelt correctly)
Thanks for your advice....I feel very technical now, never opened my computer before but it looks a doddle.
Thanks you've been a great help.
1 Like #8
Hoomph is usually a doddle :)
1 Like #9
Just remember to tough something grounded before installing the memory. Computer components don't like static electricity.
1 Like #10
I am thinking of getting an external HDD something like a Western Digital 500GB to store my music and photos on.

Buy one anyway and use it to back up your music and photos (if you don't already do back ups).
1 Like #11
Predikuesi
You could just install more RAM which might make it faster, if you want to keep the machine. You can find out what your can take by doing a scan at http://www.crucial.com/uk/?click=true


Use that tool to find out on there, then buy elsewhere.

Would look to see if it has USB 2.0 if not wouldn't both with an external hard drive.
#12
Just wanted to say thanks...ordered RAM yesterday, arrived this morning. Put it in computer feeling very proud of myself as never opened a computer before.
Its now miles faster...really feels a new machine...more than happy.
Big Thanks for advice.
#13
Repped you all......

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