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    Default External hard drive recommendations please

    After buying a laptop recently I've noticed how fast it runs compared with my desktop PC. That's probably because the PC is loaded with heaps of digital photos so I'm thinking an external hard drive would be a good idea to free up some space. The photos range in size from 1MB up to about 10MB each, and there are hundreds of them. I do burn some off onto CD, but would like them somewhere I can access them quickly if I need to rather than hunting through dozens of CDs.

    What size do you suggest and any particular brands I should be looking at? I am running a Compaq Presario with Vista Home Premium if that makes any difference.

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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    how fast it runs compared with my desktop PC. That's probably because the PC is loaded with heaps of digital photos
    nope.

    Whats the specs of the two systems and what have you got runnin at startup etc
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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    Quote Originally Posted by drcspy View Post
    nope.

    Whats the specs of the two systems and what have you got runnin at startup etc
    x2, you probably need more RAM.

    The data on the HDD will only affect performance noticeably if it's very nearly full (5%-10%).
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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    The PC is a Compaq Presario SR5065AN with an AMD Athlon 64 x 2 dual core processor 4200+, 1024MB DDR2, 320GB 3G Sata hard drive.

    The laptop is a Compaq Presario A900 - sorry for not knowing all the specs but it's got a dual core processor too, and from memory about 160GB hard drive.

    Both systems are running Vista Home Premium but you're talking to a novice here, so when you say "what is running on start up?", I'm not sure what you mean - sorry to be a moron! How do I find out what runs on start up?

    The PC shows that there is 216GB free if 292GB on the hard drive, and on the recovery drive is says there is 905MB free of 5.73GB. Not sure if that helps. Under system properties it says it has 1022MB RAM.

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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    That's heaps of space on the HD. RAM is your problem - 1GB (~1024MB) is NOT enough to run Vista well.

    Get another 1GB for both your desktop and laptop.
    Last edited by jwil1; 19-08-2008 at 10:18 AM.
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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    Yep, getting an external HDD is not gonna change anything.

    You should add 2 GB to the desktop, it's cheap. I never recommend anyone to get Vista with less than 2GB of RAM. If you want it to run well.

    Post a HijackThis log, we can help you with what to do.
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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    Thanks everyone - the laptop runs really well with what it's got, it's just the PC and I imagined it was the stuff I had on it that was making it slow as it wasn't that bad in the start - but I also have Photoshop and InDesign on it, so I suppose all those things slow it down a bit too.

    Is an external hard drive still a good idea to have all my photos on though, for safety? If so, I'd still like some recommendations.

    With buying RAM, can I install it myself (remembering I am a real novice when it comes to computer stuff!) or would I have to get someone to do that for me? I know a guy who does all my computer repairs so he could do it no problem, and I am sure he'd give me a good price as he's been good on that side of things in the past when I needed replacement parts, upgrades, etc.

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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    Quote Originally Posted by wratterus View Post
    Post a HijackThis log, we can help you with what to do.
    I've run the scan - what would you like me to do now? There is a whole screen of data, so do I copy and paste that here?

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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    Quote Originally Posted by Beemer View Post
    I've run the scan - what would you like me to do now? There is a whole screen of data, so do I copy and paste that here?
    Yup.

    I'd still get another GB of ram for the laptop though if you can afford it.
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    Default Re: External hard drive recommendations please

    Here goes then! I haven't done anything other than run the scan, I haven't fixed anything (not that I would know how...)

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