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    Advice please, looking for a new hard drive

    Hi all,

    I have a Dell Vostro 200 with a Samsung HD321KJ hard drive in it which needs to be replaced.

    I am looking for a new hard drive but I don't know if what I am looking for would be compatible with the computer or not, can someone please tell me how I can find out?

    Cheers,

    Happysteveo.

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    That drive is a 320Gb SATA drive with 8mb cache and spins at 7,200

    amazon.co.uk/Sam…ZMS

    Basically any 3.5" SATA drive will do the job. The more cache the better (yours has 8mb but you could go for 16mb or more)

    I assume the Vostro will take a bigger drive so you could go up to 500Gb or even 1Tb (check with Dell before buying a 1Tb or bigger to make sure it can take it).
    Edited by: "guilbert53" 24th Oct 2010

    Original Poster

    Okay cool, thanks very much

    cache doesnt make one bit of differnce.

    get the biggest you can afford.

    jackvdbuk

    cache doesnt make one bit of differnce.get the biggest you can afford.



    Try Unticking [enable write caching on the disk] then build an iso , tx some stuff and see what happens with regards to speed etc in the majority of cases when disabled

    Original Poster

    cool, thanks jack and dcx.

    jackvdbuk

    cache doesnt make one bit of differnce.



    So why do hard disk manufacturers offer 8Mb, 16Mb, 32Mb etc ?

    I thought the bigger the hard disk cache the better the hard disk performance.

    Original Poster

    thanks dcx.

    guilbert53

    So why do hard disk manufacturers offer 8Mb, 16Mb, 32Mb etc ?I thought … So why do hard disk manufacturers offer 8Mb, 16Mb, 32Mb etc ?I thought the bigger the hard disk cache the better the hard disk performance.



    IMO the slight difference it will make will really not be noticeable... check reviews no one ever says get the biggest cache you can afford, it makes all the differnce!


    things i look for:

    platters (less the better, more dense platters = faster)
    price.
    size.

    the samsungs are doing VERY well in tests at the mo.

    http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2007/03/05/understanding-hard-drive-performance/chart4.gif
    Edited by: "jackvdbuk" 25th Oct 2010
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