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One Operating System hard disc, one data hard disc

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Frazal666, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. Frazal666

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    Hey everyone,

    At pcspecialist.co.uk, I have customized a computer, and have chosen two hard drives, but NOT a raid confuguration. Is it possible to use the first (36gb @ 10,000rpm) as the operating disc/boot disc and maybe store some data on it, and the other (160gb @ 7200rpm) as my data drive, for things like games, videos, music, etc?

    And how will it connect? Will it use two of those ports that connect drives (what are they called?)? Will the OS load faster because it is 10,000rpm? Will I get any performance changes, because windows will use one drive, and my applications will use the other? Do I have to install OS on both drives (using XP pro)?

    Im kinda all over the place here, sorry

    Thanks
     
  2. dekoded

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    First of all, yes it is possible to use seperate drives.

    Having seperate hard drives/partitions normally increases performance because the OS/data/pagefile suffer less fragmentation.

    It will also make backing up your data easier.

    However any performance gains would be dependant on other components within your PC.

    The drive you mention sounds like a WD raptor drive, whilst these drives are indeed fast, I would imagine they would be quite loud, possibly very annoying if trying to listen to music or watch films.

    I would imagine your Motherboard would use SATA connections, rather than IDE.

    Your OS only needs to be installed on one drive, your primary drive, and you can partition the space as you wish, although you need a few GB for windows.

    The only thing to remember is that when installing applications you will need to change the default install directory from C WINDOWS etc to the appropriate drive/directory.
     
  3. Frazal666

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    well, im going to be listening to music very often, so I guess ill get another drive, maybe get the same as the other (160gb) and choose raid 0.

    Thanks
     
  4. eviljohn2

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    I've used this configuration for about a decade now and wouldn't go back. It keeps everything organised and running much faster. There's also less risk of catastrophically losing everything - in fact I had such a failure last week and managed to save the important bits because of hte dual partition configuration.

    You'll find that the IDE cable connecting your current HD to your motherboard has an additional (usually grey) connector which is simply plugged into your slave hard drive. :)
     
  5. Frazal666

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    They will do that for me, as im ordering it as that:)
     
  6. chedmaster

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    ive got the same kind of config as well, a 20gb for XP and an 80gb for everything else. it runs much smoother and the main drive needs defragging less and takes less time to.
     
  7. Nicky

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    I've got a feeling I read somewhere that in a two drive set-up its fastest to put the windows page file on a different drive to the OS. Something to do with fewer timing conflicts when trying to read from the OS and write to the page file or something.

    I think its somewhere in the help in the bit of the OS that lets you configure the page file.

    Nick
     
  8. leng

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    I've always configured systems with the OS in a separate partition (logical drive). Normally I also have two physical drives as well.

    Keeping the OS and device drivers in a small dedicated partition allows you to back this up regularly with a utility like "Drive Copy" to the second drive. Then, when the windows system corrupts itself (which it will, rely on it) you can simply restore from a known good backup. This setup is more reliable than the system checkpoint/rollback available in windows and can also cope with the catastrophic failure of boot hard drive.

    Having the swap file on the second drive can also help, although it depends on your usage. If you have an application with is thrashing the second drive then this is not a good idea - an example would be DV video capture where it is best to spool the incoming data to a dedicated drive which is doing nothing else.
     

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