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zoomy942
07-03-04, 12:06 PM
I am about to get a 9800 pro, to replace my 5900se, and i was wondering about something.. i am gonna reformat when i get my new card, but how do you guys have your pc setup? what i referring to is the hard drives? i have a 5400 rpm 60 gig ata 133 hard drive and a 20 gig 7200 rpm ata 100 hard drive. does anyone have windows on one drive and all their games on another? should i put windows on the smaller one and use my large one for games? or just use windows on the larger one? i cant decide what i should do.

jAkUp
07-03-04, 04:46 PM
Windows will install on either drive, but I would put it on the 5400RPM drive, and strictly leave the 7200RPM for games, load times would be signicantly reduced. Ideal situation would be to just get 1 big 7200rm 8mb drive.

Kamel
07-03-04, 05:53 PM
well, it kindof depends. windows like using swap... and it also doesn't have a static size on the swap file (pagefile.sys or whatever the heck they call it in winblows)... so it's not only constantly writing to the swap file, it's also writing to the FAT. anyway, what i'm getting at is windows can do a number on a hard disk. slower hard drives seem to endure it a little better... so what i've always done is put windows on my 10 gig seagate drive @ 5400rpm. then i install my games on my 7200 rpm 80 gig. i also use the 80 gig for storage etc, but i will put important files on my 10 gig as i think it's less likely to fail, heh.

kraigc
07-03-04, 07:04 PM
I have to 80 gigs, windows and junk on one and games on another

zoomy942
07-03-04, 07:08 PM
as always.. thanks guys.. i am gonna reformat tomorrow, since i got a 9800pro.. and i am gopnna put windows on the smaller drive and load up games on my larger one.. that way i can install as many as i want.

Smokey
07-03-04, 08:05 PM
as always.. thanks guys.. i am gonna reformat tomorrow, since i got a 9800pro.. and i am gopnna put windows on the smaller drive and load up games on my larger one.. that way i can install as many as i want.

You can always partition the 60gb, I would do something like 20gb/40gb and install windows on the 20gb partition, leave the 2nd partition there incase you run out of space for your games, that are on the faster drive.