Hard Drive Upgrade Time
My new 10th generation Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 -- with Perpendicular Recording. It can pack data in much more tightly than was possible before. This results in faster read speeds and less platters used than before for the same capacity.
My Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400gig drive was making strange chirping noises and SMART reported zillions of correctable read errors, so I decided to use it only for backups and pick up a new drive.
The new drive was $85 at Newegg.com and, of course, came super fast and quickly....
I have lots of storage in my server for this 320gig unit is more than enough for my desktop.
It turns out ghosting Vista from one drive to another is pretty difficult. I couldn't get it to boot anymore after ghosting. I did a bunch of googling and figured it out in the end. It turns out Vista boots entirely differently than all version of Windows before it. The version of ghost I used didn't understand the new method and basically couldn't handle it.
Luckily Vista has a nice recovery mode on the install disc that allowed me (with some commands) to get it all working again.
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