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Old 07-11-04, 07:20 PM
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Need to add a second hard drive - advise?

My daughter is getting into making home movies with a new digital camcorder then will want to edit them on my computer then burn onto a DVD for storge and viewing.

That's going to load up my present hard drive so what advise do you have about adding a second, larger drive?

Installation advise, formatting, recommended brand/size?

I am using Windows XP Home Edition on a Dell Dimension 8200.

Thanks!
Old 07-11-04, 07:36 PM
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the only thing you really need to know, is how to check jumpers to see if you need it set to master, slave, or if cable select will work (generally, you can get away with this)

then once you connect it, as long as its jumpered correctly.. you can go ahead and format with disk manager.. just right click on my computer, go to manage.. go to disk management.. and you will see your drives on the right side, you can select the new harddrive and right click and chose to format (most likely going with fat32). You also will have the ability to change drive letters from here.. since your cdrom drive will probably be D.. you can change it to something else, like Z, then change the new formatted drive to D. then change the cdrom back to E if you want.

for brand.. I always recommend maxtor, because thats what I have had the best luck with.
and size.. that depends on how much your looking to pay.. but if you are going with movies.. i would recommend going ahead and shelling up a little dough up front.. there is a thread here on the front page to get a 250gb drive for like $130.. look into that.
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Why would you format in Fat32? Especially considering if you get a hard drive of that size you'd need to format with NTFS or partition it.
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since its not his boot drive.. it could be fat32, even at that size

in theory, xp can format up to 8 terabytes in fat32.. the only real limitation is the size of partition that the xp tool used during setup can create. but thats not really an issue in this case.


and as far as why... because for your standard user, its just easier for data recovery.

personally, i always use ntfs. but it all depends on your needs.
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Originally posted by twikoff
in theory, xp can format up to 8 terabytes in fat32..
Actually, that's only partially correct.
Windows XP Professional can format FAT32 volumes up to 32 GB, but it can mount larger FAT32 volumes created by other operating systems.
Size Limitations in NTFS and FAT File Systems
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Originally posted by toq
Actually, that's only partially correct.
Size Limitations in NTFS and FAT File Systems
Yeah, it's a pain creating drives over 32GB for use with WinXP or Win2K. They have to be formatted outside of the OS.
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Originally posted by toq
Actually, that's only partially correct.
Size Limitations in NTFS and FAT File Systems
which is exactly what i said

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