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xp pro on SATA drive

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by fredo2121, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. fredo2121

    fredo2121 Member

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    So i have gotten a f-in trojan i cant shake on my hp machine running windows media center which i hated from the beging because of trialware, media pc bs, and other factors so i want to take this opportunity to purchase a full version of xp pro and a clean new drive but i have a few questions. I have 2 sata connections on the mobo that i have a 500gb seagate for pure storage since i dont never put files on the system drive and potentially want to add the other as the system drive with the new xp pro i will be purchasing both from newegg but have some issues.
    1. I have read that i need a driver to run xp pro as a system drive that needs to be installed during the installation process in order to recognize the drive but when i called seagate the support guy told me that is only when installing a third party pci card and it will without a doubt recognize the sata drive on its own?
    2. Will having a smaller system drive 80GB vs 120gb improve performance.
    3.Do i really need sata or will a pata ide/100 or 133 be the same performance.
    4. Does 8MB of cache vs 16MB make much of a diffrence.
    I know its alot of questions i have posted but any help would be greatly appreciated.
    P.S. It took about 8 trys to post this message this trojan is killer, nothing works.....tried vundo fix, ad-aware, sunbelt, norton ect....
     
  2. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    1. Correct. S-ATA drives are picked up automatically when you go to install windows XP (all versions) unless you're using a RAID card (if you don't know what that is, you probably aren't using one)
    2. Not directly, only if the drive you buy is a newer technology and marginally faster, but in general, OS drives don't vary too much in performance unless your old one is ancient.
    3. Use S-ATA primarily so you don't have to have a massive cable. Also, S-ATA drives are marginally faster since they are newer technology drives (the S-ATA interface itself doesn't do anything to increase the speed of the drive)
    4. A little, get a 16MB Cache drive if you can.

    P.S: how about Grisoft AVG or ESET NOD32?
     
  3. fredo2121

    fredo2121 Member

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    Sammorris thank you and just to beat a dead horse i should just be able to install the drive then xp pro and i am set to go?
    Do you think that a clean full new install of xp pro will load faster and run smoother that the HP media center edition i got with my pc. Everytime i use a pc with xp pro loaded by a person who has built their own system even if the system is theoretically "slower" (processor, memory ect...) it feels like they respond faster an smoother.
     
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    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you posted a HJT log here in the virus section to try and get your machine clean?
     
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    no i dont know how to do that. i am currently using symantec and ad-aware
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    There's no explicit reason why the OS pre-loaded on a PC will be slower. However what you tend to find is they include a lot of rubbish you'll never need in the form of trial software and so on, which will slow the PC down, even after it's been removed.
     
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    that was my train of thought because ive removed as much as i can without removing critical file but even then is feels sluggish...
     
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    Registry errors rarely heal, and I'm dubious about 'registry cleaning' software.
     
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    Cheers Loco.
     

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