How easy is it to add a second hard drive?

November 24, 2010 at 03:27:13
Specs: Windows 7, AthalonX4/4GB
Hi, i'm building a computer and due to a budget I have two options in terms of the hard drive:

Buy a 32/64GB SSD. Install the OS onto this one, and limit downloads until I can afford to buy a regular hard drive.

Buy a regular hard drive, install the OS etc onto it, and then buy a SSD when I have the money.

How easy is it to set up 2 hard drives in a computer?
Is it worth getting a small SSD just for the OS?


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November 24, 2010 at 04:14:24
I personally would get a larger Sata drive and partition it off for the OS, data etc. An SSD is way too expensive right now and I doubt you will see any performance gain. A Sata drive is more bang for the buck and works just fine.

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November 24, 2010 at 04:22:35
Ssd drives are expensive, better buy a normal hard drive (1tb drive). Adding the second sata drive is very easy (there's no master or slave). If u are going to buy hdd look samsung spinpoint f3 model.

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November 24, 2010 at 04:56:17
I agree with both responses above. The truth of the matter is that hard drives never run at their potential speeds. The only real world difference you may see when using a SSD is faster initial load time. After that regular mechanical drives have memory buffers that do a pretty good job of anticipating what data is needed next and loading it into buffer memory.

If you are really concerned about hard drive performance look into hard drives that are NCQ capable. You need a controller that can take advantage of that feature too. NCQ can provide a little edge over normal drives. Look at the link below for more on it. Keep in mind there is usually a cost included in any technology that speeds up a computer. You need to determine which technologies are worth the price.

Buy a SATA II or III hard drive with at least 16MB buffer and partition it to size the OS partition to a reasonable size of say 50GB or less. Not sure if SATA III drives are even available yet. Motherboards capable of running them are.

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November 24, 2010 at 05:39:29
All sata II hdd i have seen support NCQ, i believe the newer hard drives will be equiped with NCQ.

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November 24, 2010 at 05:44:05
SATA controllers also need to support NCQ.

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November 24, 2010 at 07:20:08
Not much to add other than I agree with all the above. Stick with SATA drives for the time being.

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