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Pros and cons of external or internal hard drive

Question: Pros and cons of external or internal hard drive

Hi

My brothers hard drive packed up after about 13 months and the computer store he bought the HP desktop only offers a 4 month quarantee. The literatuer from HP gives a 2 year guaruntee - but brother is too lazy to pursue it. He is also a computer ***.

I would like to know the pros and cons of external hard drives. We live in darkest africa and the stores here are not good at stocking the spares of items they sell.

Can anyone please advise? I am capable of instaliing an internal hard drive - but I cannot find one for his computer

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Answer: Pros and cons of external or internal hard drive

I would say that internal HD are more reliable because you are eliminating the USB connection. If it is possible to install an internal drive I would definitely recommend that choice over an external.

Why are you having trouble finding an internal drive for that computer. What type is the original? IDE HD are getting harder to find these days but if it is an IDE drive any size IDE drive will work up to 500gb.

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i intend to upgrade my dell dim L (7.5 gb) with a 40 gb hard drive. it seems simply copying to the new drive would be more convenient. is there a benefit to leaving both drives in? please advise.
 

Answer:hard drive replacement -pros & cons

The obvious thing would be the extra storage . Also can use the old drive to backup important files/e-mails ( in case that the main drive "goes out"). Also can put the virtual swap file onto it ( thus having less fragmentation). Also can install an OS and "play around " with it , without the fear of loosing anything ( as in , on the main drive Windows and on the secondary drive Linux)
Oh yea , i forgot about con's. Since you add a new drive , space inside the computer can became limited ( as in cramped) thus traping more hot air making the computer run hotter .... and since heat is not good to the computer
Also might have a power supply issue ( since you add a new peripheral which will "suck " from the power supply). It's less likely since a hard drive usualy uses 10-15 W, but you never know.
 

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I am looking at a Lenovo laptop that has an option to get a hard drive with disk encryption. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it a security feature? I am wondering if this would prevent any hijacking or remote sending of information from your hard drive? Any drawbacks to it...compatibility headaches or anything like that?

Thanks
adam
 

Answer:Pros and Cons of Hard Drive Encryption?

Its basically in case of theft--the hard drive contents will remain locked and unavailible to anyone without the proper validation. Your normal viral and spyware and firewall features secure the system when being properly used. No compatibility issues except if it malfunctions or you lose or forget the proper validation because if you do its secure and you are not getting in.

I'm sure its NOT the case here but there was an encrypted disk technology on display at CES this past Jan. that would not only prevent access but it would acually destroy the data if validation failed three times in a row.

So in short, encrypted disks are a good idea if you are maybe working for a company and you are carrying around the social security numbers for all the employees or something ultra critical like that, but otherwise it might be overkill because you can always use a free program like Trucrypt to absolutely secure your data any time you wish on any hard drive.
 

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All,

I have read that you can get an adapter to connect a Compact Flast card to your IDE interface and use it as a hard drive (say your C: drive).

Now its mu understanding that CF is much faster than a regular hard drive, not to mention the size and noise advantages.

Cost aside, what are the pros and cons in using a CF as the promary hard drive?

Thanks
Steve
 

Answer:Compact Flash as Main Hard Drive (Pros and Cons)

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I'm going to purchase one as a gift, and it will be used for a laptop... but I really have no clue which is better (or the same)...so all suggestions are welcome!

1. PCMCIA or External (USB, most likely)? Please mention of any known Pros/Cons!
2. Have any specific recommendations on which card?

Thanks much,
--Xula

Answer:TV Tuner for the Laptop: External or PCMCIA (Pros/Cons)

PCMCIA will come with limitations. though it is expected that both will eat up equal amount of power. assuming that, i would have gone for a USB one, becuase, you may find is with more features (external box), also, you dont have to stuck in fat antenna cable to the PCMCIA, which in that case, MAY effect your antenna port as when you have to move the laptop.

Hauppauge (I hope spellings are correct), USB2-PVR (PVR stands for Personel video recorder in this case. (assumption). this can record in MPEG format as well. and comes with bundle of features. rest, check out with other people using TV-Tuners.

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I have a half dozen Hyper-V virtual machines and will add a few more. I have been storing the vm files on my Storage Space (formatted ReFS). Load times are OK but I have decided to dedicate a Crucial MX300 525gb SSD for vm file storage instead. I have no qualms using them on ReFS but of course I will store other data on the SSD from time to time as well.

Question: If you have experience in using ReFS for data drives please share with me the pros and cons in your opinion.

Note: I already know that saving image backups or any disk and partition backups from third party backup solution providers is a very bad idea at present. I don't plan to do that. I also know about the bug in the Anniversary Update and the subsequent insider builds that requires turning ReFS formatting on and off and when to do it.

I look forward to sharing experiences.

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With the ever increasing size of hdd I install Operating service on a 20gb drive and use a larger drive for most everything else.I must say its an age since I played games used to be flight sims mostly. Is there some kind of trade off when using hdd s set up in this manner.The reason I do this is because of malware probs,it s relatively easy to format and reinstall on a small drive and you don t lose so much of your work.
 

Answer:pros and cons of os on pri smalldrive supporting large drive

The reason I do this is because of malware probs,it s relatively easy to format and reinstall on a small drive and you don t lose so much of your work.Click to expand...

That's a good reason. Another reason is selective defragmenting; in other words, you can select a drive/partition to defragment rather defragmenting the entire physical drive. However, since all new drives on the market are much larger than 20GB, you can achieve the same objective by partitioning a larger drive and putting your OS on an appropriately sized partition.

Even so, using a drive imaging program such as Acronis TrueImage (not free) or Macrium Reflect (free) would be a way to quickly restore your system in case of malware problems.
 

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I want to try a solid state, flash-based drive for my primary c: drive. I do not need more than 32GB of space, as it is mostly for business use. Before doing so, I wanted to post to this forum to see if my thinking on the pros and cons is correct, so here goes:

Pros:

1. Low power consumption and heat generation.
2. Relatively fast read speeds, and no wear accrues to flash memory when read from. I can get some better look-ahead caching with SuperSpeed RAM cache utility and let the pages sit dirty in the cache.
3. Bottom line: Windows XP can load significantly faster than off of a Raptor drive, which I presently use for the c: drive.

So-So's:

1. Mediocre write speeds. I can obviate this to a large extent with SuperSpeed RAM cache utility, again, especially if I let the pages sit dirty in the cache.

Cons:

1. Lousy I/O performance, and of course lowers life expectancy of flash medium even with the presence of wear levelling algorithims. I can get around this through the use of i-RAM solid-state DRAM drives which function as holders for the pagefiles, temp files, FF and IE caches, etc, so I don't keep those sorts of things on the flash-based c: drive.
2. Need to make sure that one is getting truly fast flash, preferrably SLC and not MLC.

Does it sound like my thinking is correct on the above points? Or am I missing something? Most people seem to say they get a fast boot, but other things lag for them, including writes, etc. This mak... Read more

Answer:Solid State Flash Drive Pros & Cons?

We have been testing laptop hard drive replacement flash drives from Samsung, Seagate, and Fujitsu for 11 weeks now.
The costs are astonishingly high, but that will change until they are less expensive than other laptop drives.
We see no big differences on I/O, but write speeds are noticeably slower.
Reliable, which flash drives are not.

One thing for sure, prepare for the future because it is coming. I'll bet nobody makes motor-driven "hard drives" five years from now.
 

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I have a half dozen Hyper-V virtual machines and will add a few more. I have been storing the vm files on my Storage Space (formatted ReFS). Load times are OK but I have decided to dedicate a Crucial MX300 525gb SSD for vm file storage instead. I have no qualms using them on ReFS but of course I will store other data on the SSD from time to time as well.

Question: If you have experience in using ReFS for data drives please share with me the pros and cons in your opinion.

Note: I already know that saving image backups or any disk and partition backups from third party backup solution providers is a very bad idea at present. I don't plan to do that. I also know about the bug in the Anniversary Update and the subsequent insider builds that requires turning ReFS formatting on and off and when to do it.

I look forward to sharing experiences.

Answer:ReFS or NTFS for SSD data drive, pros and cons, please

I always say to people: unless you're using ZFS, Btrfs or ReFS on a file server, do not ever think your data is OK. I run a 2012 R2 Datacenter server (also testing Win Server 2016 Datacenter which I am looking forward to migrating my server to), where I use ReFS for virtualization primarily, but any workload of Hyper-V deployment outside of Storage Spaces is significantly optimized due to its aggregated cluster resiliency. That said, ReFS does not support deduplication so on grounds of you mentioning your average backup/restore being a definite no-no is spot on. That said, there are ways to backup/restore ReFS but you hardly need to begin going into that.

Keep in mind that ReFS is primarily for archival storage and with using ReFS for archival storage, you do not ever have to worry about the status of your data as being optimal and in-tact. Many people who run servers will gloat over what their server hardware and server monitoring software says, but none of that will tell you diddly-squat about the data itself. Data protection requires a proactive approach, and you start by choosing a file system that is designed for data resiliency.

Now on my NAS I run ZFS which does support deduplication, but it's a file system Windows will probably never "understand." My server is mainly for CA-certificate signing/issuing, custom OS deployment, updates, remote virtualization and hosting, but my NAS is what is used for actual encrypted and secure backups. That said, ZFS... Read more

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Hi,
I have a spindle of Memorex CD-R's. They are marked 52X.
Is this the maximum speed at which I could burn hese CD-R's?
What if I plan to burn at 8x or 16x?
Is it better to have a blank CD-R rated far above the rating of my CD burner, which is 24x10x40x? Since mine writes at 24x, should I use CD-R's rated 24x and higher? and the higher the better? or is 24X just as good as these 52X?
Thanks.
 

Answer:what r pros and cons of 52x CD-R?

The higher the speed the media is rated for, the better chance of good copies.

Always use media rated at or above your burners capacities.

Only downside is that higher rated media tends to cost much more than low rated media.

For most purposes an 18 or 24 x rated media is perfectly OK on 40 or 48 speed burners.

Derek
 

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I read so many good things about the Belkin Pre-N stuff, but it is all still not a standard and I've very skeptical.

What is the pro's and cons of going Pre-N over 802.11 a/b/g
 

Answer:Pre-N Pros and Cons

The Pre N is still G certified, so either way, you still have G to fall back on.

By going Pre N, you'l have better range and throughput and be able to punch throug walls more easy.

What price would you rather pay for a Pre N device?
 

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Question: CPU Pros and Cons

I'd be grateful if anyone could enlighten me on the pros and cons of :AMD Phenom X4 9550 2.2 Ghz with 4x512K L2 cache Socket AM2+ andAMD Athlon 64x2 4200+ 2.2GHz with 2x512K L2 cache Socket AM2Apart from the Phenom CPU being quad core as opposed to dual core of the Athlon, is there any great advantage of one over the other? I really have no understanding of the dual/quad core effectAbel

Answer:CPU Pros and Cons

dual core and quad core is like the expansion from what hyper threading tried to do. Dual core is literally 2 cores inside the CPU so it is essentially 2 CPU's in one, which means you can do 2 heavy CPU tasks at once. and it is very quick. Quad core is the newest version of the multi-core revolution, quad core is a little expensive but is 4 cores in one, so, it is again double the speed of the dual core, as it acts as 4 CPU's being able to dealw ith 4 heavy CPU tasks at once with ease, or quickly get through 1 task as a team. that is the difference between a normal standard core, a dual core, and a quad core. :-)

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Well im happy what i bought (WD SATAII 250GB HD), my system didnt want to recognize it at first but i figured out that it was my SATA cable that was defective, OS installation took like 10-15Min, Format 1hr :/ (250GB No ****),
Runs fast and quiet but 1 odd problem.
You know the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the right hand side of the taskbar, well My HD is showing up on that, odd :/ dont know if this is normal but each time i put in my flash drive it doesnt pop up in the icon but everything else works fine and it recognized in My Computer

Any ideas?

Answer:Pros and cons of new HD

It is normal for SATA drives to show up there, but I would not recommend removing them.

Strange that your flash drive does not show up....

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Question: pros and cons

what are the pros and cons of upgrading windows 95 to 98?

Answer:pros and cons

Just a quick thought on this one.Pros: it's three years newer.Cons: It still sucks.It depends, though, really. Windows 98, or Windows 98SE? 95a or 95b, or 95OSR2?

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Question: PROS/CONS

How many people have AdWare? What does it do and has anyone had problems with it? I always hate to download something that I have NO clue about. And do you ever run into any problems with it in the future? I know that sometimes you download something then later on down the line you start running into problems with it. And how much space does this take up in my computer. As most of you know already I'm trying to make space on my computer because I lag alot so I don't want to download something thats just going to be sitting on my computer taking up space. Thank you All for your help. Sitka
 

Answer:PROS/CONS

Are you refering to AddAware? This is a freeware program that sorts out the Spyware programs off your computer. Its quite small but very useful. A lot of people use Gozilla. I did until now. They are spyware abd if you don't have a firewall to block outbounds then you won't realise that all the stuff that you download is sent back to their website (Gozilla) to monitor. Not very private or secure.

I now am just using the old rightclick save target as now. Slower but safer. I also had problems with Kernell32.dll, which is attributed to spyware.

Try it and see. When you do the scan you can post the deatails and people will tell you what they are.

regards

eddie
 

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What are the pros and cons of AVG?

Answer:Pros and cons of AVG?

Pros....It worksIt's freeCon....The server that provides the updates for the free version is often overloaded and consequently your virus checker may sometimes not be updated correctlyAlternative....try Avast which is also free and updates without problems at least daily

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Just wondered if there any cons to the sp2 before I download and install? As I have been away and have not yet read much about itTIA

Answer:XP sp2 Pros and cons

i downloaded sp2 last night alls well Hope it stays that way

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Would like to know the pros and cons between....

Dual boot- win 7 and Win 8
and
Virtual machine - Win 7 as host, Win 8 as guest

t-4-2

P.S. Please spare the feeble mind from too many technicals....

Answer:Pros and Cons between....

Depending upon your hardware, performance may be an issue, however, I'd say the main consideration is what you want to achieve. If you're main interest is in seeing how Windows 8 works, a VM should suffice. If, on the other hand, you want to see whether Windows 8 will work correctly with all of your existing hardware and drivers, you need to run the OS on your 'real' system, otherwise Windows 8 will only see the visualised environment.

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Hi...

I like to play around with logos similar to the one that is attached here. I have been reading lately where some are saying that a PNG image is favorable to the older GIF format.

I use a dial-up connection so I am not only concerned with quality and having more editing options with the image but file size as well.

Now... the image here definitly looks better as a GIF than say, a JPEG. You can see that the JPEG just isn't as "vibrant".

Which format, PNG or GIF is better for my needs. Again, quality and editing options and file size are important.

Thanks in advance

DAVID
 

Answer:GIF or PNG .... pros and cons?

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Has anyone ever opened up a External Hard Drive and installed it as a Internal Drive? I ask because my computer (HP s3700f) dosen't have the space for a second hard drive and I'l like to replace the 320 Gig with a 1.5 Tb I have.ThanksJohn

Answer:External to Internal Hard Drive

Yes...it will work.But to do it properly even if there isn't enough space would be to create a Clone image of your drive...and then clone it to the new one.Course you'll need to borrow another external since yours is going in the PC.

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I have a seagate ide 120gb hard drive from my old computer that I am tempted to use as a USB external drive on my main computer.I have read numerous reports on these caddy's/enclosures/external disk cases. My question. Is it really as easy as placing this drive in one of these, attaching the cables and pluging this into a USB port on my box. I run XP home/SP2. Will this be recognised as an external storage device that I can immediately reformat?thanks in advance

Answer:Using an Internal Hard Drive as USB External

Hi alljust noticed a similar question to mine earlier in the thread, so I have my answer!

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I have a Sata 160 gig hard drive which is partioned 50/50 NTFS/FAT. The C: drive is used for applications and everyday stuff and the D: drive is used for storage of music files, photos, videos etc. this is rapidly filling up and I'm thinking of another larger drive for storage purposes only. Which would be better an external plug in or an internal one? bearing in mind I've only ever fitted memory modules and replaced a cd burner drive with a dvd drive in an older PC, would an internal one be hard to fit? would it have to have an operating system on it? or do you thing a portable device might be better?Also need to think about cost as wellThanks

Answer:Internal or External Hard Drive?

External deffo! You usually just plug in and it will play. You can also take it with you or keep it away from the computer and PCW are flogging a 500gB ONE FOR £80...click here=

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My brother has PC with with a couple 2-3 hundred gigs. He is already running out of space on his computer, as he is a gamer, but only has two games. I've tried to delete a bunch of unneeded files, but that didn't work. Our dad then got him an one terabyte external hard drive. At this moment, I'm trying to figure out how to use it to get more space on his computer. This is my first time on this site after I looked through the interwebs to find nothing of use. Is there a way to make an external hard drive look external to the computer (run with male USB) or at least use it for extra space?
 

Answer:Using external Hard drive as internal

Not sure what you mean by your question. But when you plug in any external drive, Windows will recognize it as a hard drive and assign a drive letter to it. You can then use it like any normal internal drive.

Where things get dicey is if you intend to install programs or have programs point to this drive for basic execution. You can run into a situation where if you use different external drives that there will be a "pointer" issue. But if this is the only external drive you'll use, then it shouldn't present a problem.
 

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got an older compaq ipaq intel pentium III computer w/ 256 mb, 8455 mb hard drive & only 1.1 gb free space on c drive.  so i gotta have more space & am thinking about buying one of following external hard drives on sale: 1)Maxtor Shared Storage Drive w/ 200 gb for $93 or 2) a Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 w/ 200 gb for $80, or see if I can remove the Seagate internal hard drive & install a larger hd. anyone know if this computer is capable of running a newer faster internal hard drive or would i be better off adding 1 of the 2 external hard drives?  also i read one gent's horror story about downloading maxtor's cd at:http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1166019659/7#7would the maxtor external hard drive work ok w/out downloading their cd?  thanks all & merry christmas!

Answer:internal vs external hard drive

dede...If you plan on keeping this computer, you'd probably want to install a larger internal drive.  It just depends on how confident you are with your computer abilities.  Are you replacing the old drive and reinstalling the OS or are you JUST looking for more space?  If it's the latter, then you just might want to purchase an external drive.  They're easy to install and can be switched between other computers relatively easy.As far as installing Maxtor's Backup utilities, that should be optional.  The only thing needed to make the external drive function is the driver.Merry Christmas!

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Does anyone know a kit where I can make my internal hard drive change to a external one i.e. a case where I can put it in....

Would a USB2 be better than serial? or which is the best for this sort of application?

Answer:internal hard drive -> external

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-034&depa=0

do you mean that?

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Is there anyway to make an internal hard drive an external USB one?
 

Answer:External & Internal Hard Drive

Yup just buy an external hard drive enclosure. Drive mounts in the enclosure that provides power and usually has a fan built in. Something like this. Lots to choose from. Just get the ones for USB input. Enclosure has its own power supply and plugs into 115 VAC or whatever the normal power is.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1204
 

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Is there anyway I could use a old internal hard drive as a external hardrive

Answer:External/Internal hard drive

click here for very reasonable caddy's then should be ok.johnny.

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I was wondering if there was anyway i could use my old hard drive from my desktop as an external drive for my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.Keep in mind that i am not computer literate.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive as External?

Welcome to Computerhope anotherJeff.Use a external USB enclosure.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817609001

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Hi,

I want to increase my storage space and I was thinking of going for either an internal or external hard drive. I was thinking of getting 250GB for my desktop, but i've noticed you can get 500GB or 1TB or a few bucks more, so might as well get a bigger one? But then comes the question as to how long these would last? Is it a one time investment or 3 years down the lane it would stop working?

Also, I'm not sure how the Ext HD works. For example, can I install a PC game on the Ext Hard drive and then play it from there? Or that will not work? I know I can download stuff to it, but can I actually use the Ext HD to run programs, like DVDs, music or most importantly video games.

The one i'm interested in transfers data at about 400MBps through the USB @ 7200 RPM. Not sure i that makes a difference....

Would really appreciate your help here!

Regards,

S
 

Answer:Internal vs External Hard Drive.

Hi there,

Well from my own personal experience I've found my internal hard drive to be much more reliable than the external, although I did carry the external hard drive around a lot so it might have become a bit battered etc. lol.

Anyway, I very much doubt you'll be able to play something like a game although you wouldn't have any problems using video files from the external hard drive. The main problem you'll have with games is that because of the amount of information having to be accessed and because you'll most likely be connecting the external drive to a USB port or at best, a FireWire port, you'll notice performance issues and the hard drive just won't be able to keep up with your computer's requests because of the slow transfer rate.

Cheers,

Andrew.
 

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I recently replaced my internal hard drive on my laptop. Is there any way that I can see what is on my old hard drive or use my old hard drive as an external one instead of an internal one? Can I purchase an external hard drive case and do it that way?
 

Answer:Internal to External Hard drive??

Yes, all you need is a 2.5" external USB case.

Quite cheap and very useful.
http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/2usb20alhadr.html
 

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I bought a larger Gig USB external drive to copy all of my files onto in case of a problem with my windows XP Pro Drive and when I try to copy or paste it over to the external drive it gets to some files and says it can not copy because they are in use and nothing is running at the time I am trying to copy everything off my computer to the external hard drive. Is there another way to do this without having to buy a program I can not afford to do on social security?

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

What are you trying to copy, the entire HDD contents? What would be the point of that? You can't run Windows or any programs from the external drive using the copy/paste method & you can't copy windows files that are in use. If you want to create an entire backup of your system, there's plenty of free software available for just that purpose. We need an better explanation of what it is you want to do.

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So for a while now I've been wondering what the real differences in performance, MTBF (mean time before failure) and the general pros and cons are of Harddrives and Solidstate. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,

Stensland
 

Answer:SSD vs HDD (looking for pros and cons in your opinions of each)

There are tons and tons of reviews, comparisons and forum posts about this. I would suggest you start there.

some links to get you started:
http://www.storagereview.com/reviews
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Storage,5/Internal-Storage,19/
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=918
http://www.techspot.com/reviews-storage.shtml
http://apcmag.com/ssd-roundup.htm
 

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I know this has most likely been posted before but i do not wish to be scrolling through pages... i know im lazy But i would like to know how is vistas Pros and Cons compared to Windows XP's... because i am getting vista on a new computer coming in a few weeks.

Answer:Vista, Pros And Cons Please

Vista works fine, it's a bit more power hungry than XP - especially if you enable all the eye candy (such as Aero). But it's every bit as responsive as XP if you have adequate hardware. I even have Ultimate installed on an old Toshiba M35 laptop with 1 gB of RAM and it runs fine. My wife has Home Basic at her office with 512 mB of RAM and it works fine also.

The 2 biggest issues that I see with Vista are:
1) Trying to use XP drivers on Vista systems. They'll work sometimes, but they'll do strange things on occasion. Stick with Vista drivers!
2) Trying to use XP applications on Vista systems. They may work, and sometimes they can even be coaxed to work - but it's so much easier to just install apps that are compatible with Vista.

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Hello there, I was reading a lot here about downgrade to W7. OK.. there are a lot of step by step guide to do that. Now, this is for the people who already did that: 1- The Y500 works better with W7 instead of w8?2- lose any functionality doing that?3- All drivers are recognized without any problem?4- Memory runs at original speed? (read about lower speeds memory runs after downgrade)5- according to your experiences,you recommend that or not?                  Thanks a lot for your help, I don't want to do that if I  get more problems than benefits                                      Regards, Mariano

Answer:W7 on Y500 - Pros and Cons - YES or NO?

Hi Marianoro
 
Welcome in lenovo forums
 
Kindly find me replies below with the same sequence :-
 
1- Y500 is qualified to work with both types of windows 
2- need more clarifications regarding the second question
3- all drivers already on the Lenovo support website
4- there will not be any differences on speed , it depends only your usage and how many application are installed
5- Win8 will be better as it's the preloaded and the compatible OS for this machine , but at the end it's up to you
 
Please let me know if there is anything else still needs to be clarified 
 
Thanks
Alaa





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I work for a special education co-op. We are considering replacing some of our staff laptops with Chromebooks. Students might also use them with supervision. I'm wondering what challenges others have seen with doing away with laptops, pros, cons, common issues and what software you use to manage the Chromebooks. Thanks for any feedback.

Answer:Chromebooks - Pros and Cons

Hello,

I am a tech assistant at an R-1 school district. We took the move to chromebooks in 2014. Started with the teachers then moved to the students. We now have over 800 chromebook devices and all students and teachers are using them in their classrooms. The only issues we have had in the in this transition is the domain that you want to use an enterprise enrollment. Just make sure that domain you want is the one you want to stick with. Moving to another domain is not fun. And with education you get to have the whole Google for Education for free. To do assignments and everything you can either do them in google docs or you can also sign up for Microsoft for Education for free as well and use their cloud office 365 and have word and excel and powerpoint available on the chromebooks.

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I don't know what the general felling about netbooks is so far. I hear more and more about them and I even considered picking one up.

But the point of the thread is basically to gather some opinions thus far about the current netbook scene and find out who will be running 7 on one if they plan to buy or already own one.

Personally I think netbooks are a good option for people that would waste money on a laptop when they will never need the power of a laptop. I also think the portability over a netbook is a huge advantage.

I do however wish I could find a netbook with an AMD processor and not an Intel Atom. I see that the Intel Atom is the only option at the moment.

The downsides to netbooks right now is that they simply lack options for consumers. You basically get stuck running hardware from a very very limited selection. That fact alone is forcing me to wait for alternatives to what is currently offered. I simply refuse to buy another Intel product for my own personal reasons.

I also think that there is a limit to how much should be spent on a netbook before the price difference between a netbook and laptop starts to become an issue of its own. Why spend 600 bucks on a netbook with only a fraction of the power a laptop of the same price could offer. Not to mention a laptop at 600 would have an optical drive and room for expansion where a netbook would only have moderate power because of an extra gig of ram and slightly better graphics chipset from a 300 dollar model.

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Answer:Netbooks pros cons and 7

Personally, having used a couple of Netbooks...they are not a replacement for a laptop. They are really just a nice Internet appliance. With that said, the primary keys to me is 1). instant (or as close as possible to it), boot times. 2). Long battery life. 3). very low cost. Unfortunately, I haven't really come across a netbook which can meet these satisfactorily to me to replace my laptop.

I'm primary looking for something that I can put in my living room (say on the back of the couch). I can pull it out, read a few forum posts, make a couple of responses and turn it back off and go back to watching TV or a movie.

Having Windows on a netbook to me.....more or less defeats the primary purpose. A super fast, extremely lightweight OS that can run on very little hardware and provide outstanding life. And unfortunately, the cost of licensing Windows really does drive up the cost of the netbook.

I'm typing this message up right now on my wife's HP laptop. It's a core 2 duo, 3GB of RAM, a 320GB HD, has a DVD burner, runs Vista Home Premium, a webcam, a full keyboard with number pad and was obtained for about $550. And while I don't need this much power when I surf the web...I don't want to pay $400 and get 1/8 of the machine either.

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A lot of my pals have both a desktop PC and a laptop. What are the advantages of having both (apart from the obvious of being portable) and why would you need both?

Answer:Laptop Pros and Cons

I once did a comparison for someone at work.In short, if you need portability, get a laptop. If you don't, why get one? I find them uncomfortable to work at for long periods, as I'm sure any workplace assessment would agree with.They are harder to upgrade/maintain, more expensive, and less 'bang per buck' than desktops.The only real justification in my mind is if portability is likely to be a requirement, otherwise I'd go desktop.Just my 2p worth.

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I have 98 sec ed. Have the opertunity to upgrade to xp.. should I? what are pros and cons of doing so?
 

Answer:Update to XP, pros and cons

Stability and blue screens will be a thing of the past. Multi tasking will now be the order of the day. You'll be downloading playing mp3's and surfing at the same time and loving it. It dose take some time to tweak to your personal preferences but it is worth it.

Run an online xp readiness test here to see if there will be any problems.
 

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I have a nvidia geforce 2 MX/MX 400 vid card. What will over clocking it do for me? How do I know how much to over clock? Also what would be the cons to oc. my mobo? It is an asus 1.2 celeron. How would I oc. it?
 

Answer:Overclocking Pros & Cons?

Pros: It makes your GPU work faster!
Cons: It makes your GPU work less reliably.

The same goes for your CPU.

Do some research, visit the Overclocking forum, its up to you.
 

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I bought a Core 2 duo Pentium that's 64 bit, but my OS is still 32 bit. I might get Vista Ultimate, which comes in two flavors, 32 bit and 64 bit, but considering the below, I'll probably stick with the 32 bit version for now.

RL
http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000994.html (pro, for 64 bits)

http://www.dansdata.com/askdan00001.htm (con, and seems to make the better argument for now)
 

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We will be adding a new location of about 40 users to our existing WAN network. There will be 5 buildings and 2 printers/building. In order to hold down costs some of our IT team is recommending we not buy print servers, but simply use IP printing for these users. I really can't find much details about IP printing pros and cons. Some places seem to imply that there still needs to be some type of print server. Also, do we lose functionality (queueing, error messages, etc). Any where I can read up on this? I've found instructions for XP on how to add a printer, but not much else.
 

Answer:Pros and Cons of IP Printing?

One con is that say you have 10 people printing to the printer and one of the users documents gets a error well that user normally is the only one who can restart or cancel that document. You can set up a pc as a print server and if the same situation happends you can go to the print server and just clear the que.
 

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we all like to play on the internet, and imo one of the most problematic factors for non-techies like myself in reformatting and reinstalling windows xp, is that the whole process is a PIA, even if you're got a slipstreamed xp sp2 disc and all the updates. just reinstalling AV, FW, AS, (as their customized settings) as well as all of your other programs (wmp, IE 7 (or 6), firefox etc) is a pain. I read a post on a computer board the other day that seemed (at least to me) to make a lot of sense. 1) make sure you have all your windows sp2 updates downloaded to file 2) save your docs and these windows sp2 updates to an external source (external hd, usb drive, disc, whatever) 2) reformat your hard-drive 3)reinstall windows xp, sp2, then reinstall your xp critical updates, 4) create all of your administrator and user log-ons and your desktop layout for each) 5) disable all of the xp processes to your tastes 6) insert a second slave HD (formatted and partitioned to your tastes) and use quality cloning software to clone everything over to your slave HD. 7) remove your primary HD and store it away 8) reinsert your slave HD (with the xp copy) as your primary HD and reinstall your programs. ​I guess this could even be carried one more step in that we all have certain programs (for me Ccleaner and hijack this) that could just be installed in the original (back-up) drive as well, and if your satisfied and comfortable with your software firewall and it's settings (and any ... Read more

Answer:pros/cons is this the best way to reinstall xp?

This is what I do.
I have a Secondary HDD which is NOT plugged up to MB.This HDD contains my Ghost Back Up Images.

I plug it up every couple of weeks and put another Updated Ghost Image on there.

I had a Situation where I had to Reinstall.
Popped in the Ghost Disc and Bingo.....I was up and running with EVERTHING in a jiffy.Sure the Image was a week old BUT I made no major changes so it was as if I had no Hicup at all.

Yes, I like Norton Ghost.........A time saver.......
 

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some say they hate it

what are the pros and cons?
 

Answer:windows 10 pros and cons

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Should i downlad MS updates and can they slow down my laptop. Are they very important can they safe guard?Do you download them? Do they take a very long time? Are they safe to download them?Many questions i know but i never downloaded on new laptop, on my previous laptop i got so frustrated when a download would take forever or choose to download at the wrong time. Whats the best way to download them when your on the net or doing some important work on the computer. Have i posted this in the wrong forum?

Answer:MS downlaods the pros and cons

can they slow down my laptop - generally no.Are they very important can they safe guard? - yes.Do you download them? - Yes always.Do they take a very long time? - if you're on dial-up they can. On BB, they're usually pretty fas.Are they safe to download them? - yes. Safety is not an issue. The whole point of many of them is to increase the safety and security of your internet 'experience'Whats the best way to download them when your on the net or doing some important work on the computer. - It's up to you. If you have a fast laptop, you can let them download in the background whilst you're doing other things. If your laptop/connection is slow let them download whilst you go off and have a cup of tea.

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I just want to open this forum to discuss the pros and cons of different motherboards supporting AMD CPUs (since most of here are AMD users just like me now )

DFI
MSI
ASUS
ECS
RedFox
Winfast
Gigabyte
EpoX
AsRock

any other brands of mobos?

Answer:Motherboards Cons And Pros

for the manufacturers I know a descent amount about:

DFI: best overclocking, most features, very stable
more expensive than most

MSI: great overclocking, lots of features, very stable, relatively inexpensive
can't think of anything wrong with them....

Asus: best Intel boards, but "ok" AMD boards, except the A8N32-SLI (which is a good board)
a bit pricey for their better motherboards

ECS: cheap
not so reliable

Gigabyte: descent quality, highly stable
not good overclockers, general architecture is a little slow

EpoX: cheap
not so good quality

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Hi,

Having encountered various problems with third party firewalls I thought I would try the XP firewall (service pack 2).
So far I'm pretty happy, especially with the system resources. But I was wondering if anybody could give me a full run down on the pros and cons of using it instead of something else. I know it only blocks incoming and not outgoing, but is this really such a problem if I don't have anything malicious on my system?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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Hello Members,

Please, as I am trying to find out whether I should use some proxy, or not, I would like ask you which are the basic *pros and cons* about using proxies, and ask for some really good elementary pages on the subject.

Thanks a lot!
 

Answer:Proxy: pros and cons

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I havent done my research on Vista yet either... I have heard that it is suppose to be less of a resource hog than XP and others... I have also heard that it will degrade the performance of net speeds? < not sure on that one, but shrug...

I just want to know all the benifits that Vista is suppose to offer, and what the cons are if any of you know.

How about its performance with games, x64 processing, music editing, video editing, photo editing, and so on... Pretty much everything ...

Thanks in advance,
Kinson
 

Answer:Vista, Pros, and Cons

Pro: Aero, DX10, new security support/features (Total upgrade from XP's lame attempt at "limited access" accounts and administration) among other things. DX10 will bring DX9 cards down in price.

Cons: Price for pro(ultimate) package is $400ish, continously delays, possible overpriced DX10 cards, minimum 512 memory? Recommended 2Gb? I don't remember.
 

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As of right now i am running a 22'' samsung and a 19'' samsung together and seems to be ok. My friend spoke to me about purchasing a big 30'' or 32'' LCD/HDTV for his comp instead of multi-monitors. I was wondering; are those monitors that can be used as a TV and a monitor worth the combo convience. I mean PRICE TAG ASIDE, does it ruin and/or shortens life expectancy or damage pixels of the moniter/TV to use as both consistenly? It would be nice just to have one monitor for both TV and computer screen. And 32'' isnt that bad. An example (which is only one of many out there) is the ViewSonic® N3251w 32" Widescreen LCD HDTV/Monitor Combo. Ive been told that running certain hardwares like xbox's or PS3's can damage DLP's, LCD's or plasma's. Not saying i wold hook up a game console but does the same go into effect with a computer?
 

Answer:monitors: Pros and Cons

my man i just bought a bush 32" hd tv with vga...

there is nothing like it...flight simulator on it is.....fuggen wow!!!

i have run tv's off computers for long...nothing comes close...
as for deterioration of picture...these screens are coming down in price!
i paid 550 euro for mine...if that lasts 3 years thats fine!

im sure bigger ones will be even cheaper by then...we are in the "throwaway age"
you cant go wrong!
 

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Stop Online Piracy Act

What is the SOPA bill?
What are the pros and cons of it?

Also, why are so many people against it?
I tried reading the actual bill, and it seemed to only reference dns and internet providers in fighting piracy specifically. It doesn't seem like the bill has any effect on anything that doesn't deal with piracy. What am i missing?

Is it because it grants the government power to inspect data at will? Or it something else?
 

Answer:SOPA - what is it. Pros? cons?

In a basic sense, you know how they use DMCA/Copyright complaints to take down videos on Youtube and other sites?

With this, they could get the DNS name of Youtube blocked until the offending content is removed. The WHOLE domain. This is FAR to much power for it to even exist.

Also GoDaddy domains are exempt from this possible take down. Why? GoDaddy helped write the bill. This right here proves the bill is flawed and being used as a tool.

I'm not even one to get involved in politics, but this bill is ridiculous to me - especially the GoDaddy stuff.
 

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Following on from an earlier thread, I thought I'd start this to see what people think about flash - the file sizes, usability issues and the bad parts too :).

Answer:Flash - pros and cons

I've said most of what I wanted to say in the other threads.I'll summarise my feelings as follows:Had Flash or any counterpart product not been available at all for another couple of years, when it was released it would have caused a vast storm, far more of a stir thatn it did a few years ago, since a far larger audience would be in a position to enjoy it and interact with it.In that regard I think it fair to say that it was streets ahead of itself as a product and, quite simply, the web was not and is not ready to cope adequately with it.I appreciate that someone who knows what they are doing with Flash can produce excellent output with far lower file sizes than many would expect, but no matter how clever the user, there are still real issues with feeding Flash site inclusions well and those who can (or will) go the extra mile are far outweighed by those who don't.At work I've been on broadband for ages and at home I've had it for some time as well, yet even now, I rarely sit and wait when confronted by a loading screen. I'm just not interested in waiting when the site content is what I want to see.I want to read about products and services.I want to read about the benefits to me if I buy those products and services.I want to see catalogues of goods and have payment taken securely as and when I choose to buy.I want a client base that is wholly satisfied in their web site or application and I don't want the added headaches of making Flash content accessible to the disabled.Si... Read more

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I waited until the last day to get the $40 upgrade, now I'm beginning to research pros and cons of windows. Is it possible use windows 8 on desktop mode for everything.until you settle into the new start menu? I'm wondering about listening ro music, sharing photos, going into settings or control panel, putting docs side by and using photoshop, lightroom. Everyone seems to.complain about the new start.menu, but can it be completely bypassed until you feel comfortable with it.

Please share any pros and cons you have experienced as well.
 

Answer:windows 8 pros and cons

Walk into any computer store and ask for a demonstration.
 

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Does it make it for quicker browsing, such as loading of pages?

Does it ever inappropriately impede access to content?
 

Answer:What are the pros and cons of AdBlock Plus?

It can hurt sites funding, as some sites rely on those add spots to help pay for bandwidth and other expenses.
 

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I need to add an affiliate program along with a shopping cart, and know little about scripts. Been to hotscripts.com but there's many to choose from, from free to expensive.

One concern is of a secure tracking that cannot be munipulated for stealing clicks or referalls. The other is I will need to be able to set it up fairly easily and is not a bandwidth burglar.

I need to be somewhat more educated on this also.
What is the major difference in cgi vs php. I have heard of ASP and was warned off of it. Something about windows server with lots of bugs and crashes?

Any help will be appreciated
 

Answer:CGI PHP scripts pros & cons

mag00 said:



I need to add an affiliate program along with a shopping cart, and know little about scripts. Been to hotscripts.com but there's many to choose from, from free to expensive.

One concern is of a secure tracking that cannot be munipulated for stealing clicks or referalls. The other is I will need to be able to set it up fairly easily and is not a bandwidth burglar.

I need to be somewhat more educated on this also.
What is the major difference in cgi vs php. I have heard of ASP and was warned off of it. Something about windows server with lots of bugs and crashes?

Any help will be appreciatedClick to expand...

CGI, PHP, ASP pretty much all perform the same function. They are scripting languages that are interpreted at runtime. CGI is probably the oldest of them all and IMO is a dinosaur.

PHP and ASP are the newer of the 3 and ASP has been upgraded to ASP.NET.

Again , they both do the same things at the basic level but they use different syntax and there some distinct usage differences between the two. Whoever told you NOT to use ASP should be smacked..hard. I program in ASP as a primary language. Crashing an ASP site is just like crashing any other site made in a different language.. it's the DEVELOPERS fault for poor code.

I tried PHP for a while and frankly, I despised the syntax and thought it to be overly convoluted.

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Am considering going onto broadband and thinking of using Metronet? Any opinions as to advantages &/or disadvantages of this supplier.

Answer:Metronet ...pros and cons?

Metronet is a PAYG Broadband provider but they do have minimum charges depending on the BB speed you choose. There is also a maximum usage charge as well. But the setup charges are quite high to start off with. They also have a 1 month minimum contract as opposed to others who have a 12 month minimum. You could do a lot better using a standard BB supplier with a fixed monthly amount (most, if not all, give you a free modem, free connection).Some are capped and some are not. Have a look at this site: click hereI am on NTL cable telephone, TV, and Broadband, might be worth a look if you have cable near you.You don't have to have NTL TV or telephone, you can just take their BB service.

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Am currently running vista ultimate x86 but am wondering if its worth up grading to 64bit while i have a 64 bit proc
system specs are

intel core 2 duo e4400
foxconn 945 7md mobo
2 gb ddr2 667 value ram
120 gb maxtor hd
10 gb wester digital hd
liteon dvd rw
d-link airplus wlan card

Answer:pros and cons of 64bit

Hi Gazeddy,

Check to make sure that all of your devices have 64 bit Vista drivers available for them. The 32 bit ones will not work at all, and the 64 bit XP ones may or may not work. If you have these, then you should be able to upgrade to the 64 bit Vista without any problems. Upgrading to the 64 bit Vista requires a clean install from the 64 bit installation DVD, so backup anything you do not want to loose.

- How to Do a Clean Install of Vista From a Upgrade Version


Shawn

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I've had problems with both Nero and EasyCd so I was thinking about Alcohol. I'd like to know what you readers think about it. The good and the bad and I suppose the ugly too. Thanks.
 

Answer:Alcohol 120% Pros and Cons?

Alkohol is the best for burning disk images and copying cd's. Nero is the best for video cd's. Ez-CD is easy to use when it runs correctly, it can mess up a PC badly when it doesn't. I'd say, use nero and alkohol together and leave EZCD alone.

Alkohol isn't really useful for anything other than copying cd's and burning images.

If you've had problems with Nero and EZCD might I suggest you give "Click and Burn" a try.

http://www.stompinc.com/index.phtml?stp
 

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I'm looking to upgrade from my LG G4 and I can't decide which one would be better for me ? So perhaps pro and cons will explain it better ?

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Will soon get a new Win7 PC. Any thoughts on 32 bit vs 64bit?

Answer:Win7 32 bit or 64 bit, pros and cons

64 bit:

Pro: can handle more than 4gb of memory
Pro: can effecitively calculate bigger numbers in one go (although this doesn't mean it is faster)
Con: Some software doesn't work, older software has more problems
Con: More expensive

32 bit

Pro: Much more compatible with software
Pro: cheaper option
Con: Limit of 4gb ram

Its an easy one really it all depends on what you plan on doing with your computer.

If you intend to use it for the internet and game play 32bit

If you are doing something hardcore, such as 3D graphics design, a lot of video encoding, you need an extra few frames per second on games etc... then 64bit

64bit is quickly becoming a standard but its not there yet, most people should consider buying a new pc every 3-5 years, and upgrading their current PC every 1 1/2 - 3 years I would imagine in 3 years 64 bit will be a bit more appropriate but for 90% of peoples needs, 32 bit is the winner

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Hello, I am in the process of purchasing a Thinkpad, but there is one obstacle to be overcome:should I pay 150 Euro extra for the Intel Core i3-2367M Processor or should I opt for theAMD E-300 E? Now I have to admit that I am illiterate when it comes to technical matters like these.What I am asking for is longevity and reliability from my computer. I use the computer to write, surf, and watch movies; will the AMD serve these purposes? A friend of mine warned me that overheating is a problem with AMD, to the point thatit could melt away! For your input in regard to this matter I would be immensely grateful. Regards,Novalis

Answer:AMD E-300 Processor: pros and cons

I agree with the comment about overheating. I see a very limited sample, but I see a lot of dead machines with AMD processord

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Pros:
Speed.
Windows 8.1 starts up faster, switches between apps faster, and uses power more efficiently than previous versions of Windows, including Windows 7.

Cons:

-Microsoft is still too focused on the Metro interface. Desktop is relitively unchanged.
-Still no start menu like in previous versions.
 

Answer:Windows 8.1 - Pros and Cons

Totally agree with what you wrote- but the Start Menu/Desktop issue (yes, I consider Metro a needless issue) can be resolved very nicely and cheaply with StartisBack. I love it.
 

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I am thinking about downloading it.. and I want to know the pros and cons about it.

Thank you(:

Answer:Pros and cons about Avast?

1. It works.2. It is free.3. It auto updates.4 . see #1Cons:It has to update a Virus data base about every 15 days. The first one takes awhile.Awards

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Hi all...

I am planning to implement MAC learning and locking mechanism on all my switches (at least those that support it), as the problem users arbitrarily plugging in their notebooks on the company's network is fast becoming a nightmare.

802.1x solution isn't an option right now for that would require some testing and configuration and the need is urgent.

One issue is, helpdesk informs me that they have to change machines within the building, within an average of 3-4 daily spread over different floors. That would make mac locking a bit of an headache for them as they will have to renable learning and locking on daily basis.

Any advise to overcome this nightmare!!??
 

Answer:Pros and Cons of MAC locking

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I have had a terrible experience with my order so far. It seems Lenovo is going in a quick downward spiral. I always felt the product was good am now wondering what people think of the x61 tablet they own because I can't seem to depend on Lenovo directly.  Does Lenovo make a product I can Still trust?Is the X61 being replaced  , if so why ? Is this a touch screen tablet if not what is it ?I purchased my tablet and wanted vista but was told that it would delay my order and that I should keep it with XP because the upgrade is free but the downgrade is not. Anyone here know if XP is better then Vista ?Most of all is Lenovo  a good company or are they falling apart like so many other companies in todays  terrible  market .Maybe Obama can make a call and tell them they need to shape up or else they have to deal with him...Please let me know  and Thank you .....Message Edited by Adasmode on 04-10-2009 09:07 PM

Answer:Please let me know your pros and cons are of the X61tablet.

Well i love my Thinkpads and Thinkcentre, because they have warranty that i can depend on, and sales in Australia is good. I have bought a X61t recently, it was a runout stock in a local computer store, and it was 50% off, so i bought it. I have not able to use all of the feature yet, as i am learning as i am going along. For the price, Lenovo is offering much more than what Dell is offering, parts upgrade and opening up the laptop is much easier on Thinkpads, than Dell and light year ahead of whatever HP is offering. Quality wise, i think other than Panasonic Toughbook there is nothing coming close, some people may say Dell, but i personally i never had a Dell that i liked really much. X61t is a touch screen, there is a normal touch screen version where you can only use the touch screen functions through the wacom pen that is included. While, the multitouch also have a passive pressure sensor in the screen, that allows you to use your fingers nail to do the work, like how you would use the PDA sometimes. X61t have already been replaced by X200t, which is a widescreen model and i think the X200t use the full size keyboard (not sure on that one). X61t is released somewhere in 2007, so product renewal is in order.  For tablet Vista's drive support is much better than XP tablet edition. Lenovo in my opinion is a good company, despite what some people may say and that, but if you dig deep enough, you can always dig up dirt on some company.

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G'day all

I am thinking of changing from my DIALUP to Satellite (I can't get any other Broadband etc where I live) and was wondering about any problems that might occur.... ie, weather etc.... or are there any??

The package I would be chosing in Australia would be a 2way Sat 256k/64k and 5Gb data download.... This is the best I can find.. and will cost $109.50 per month.

ANY feedback would be appreciated as it's a lot of money to spend if Satellite is no good....

Cheers
Wendy
XOXO
 

Answer:Satellite pros and cons

it does go out for a little while during bad weather but the biggest con of satelite to me is you cant play online games because the latency is bad. ive enjoyed my satelite internet though. of course i would have gotten dsl or cable if it was available but i had to sacrifice the games for downloads. i play my games at work now lol.
 

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My gf is looking into getting a tablet PC and asked for my opinion, but I don't really know enough about them. What are some pro's and cons and some suggestions on why a laptop is better would be nice.

She is entering graduate school so she wants something she can take to class. She doesn't use her computer for much other than writing and a little web surfing.
 

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I am looking to build my first gaming PC but I am getting a few different ideas as to what to use. I need some ideas or suggestions. Since PCI Express is new, that is what I have thought that I wanted to get until a few min. ago. I was talking to a PC builder on the phone and asking him what to buy and he said that PCI Express is not a good way to go. He said that no games have been made for it yet and they are already coming out with a PCI Express 2 in a couple of months.

What I am wondering is if I am going out on a weak and unstable limb in getting a PCI Express at the present time. Below is a list of what I really wanted to be included in the system but I don't know if it is a good idea now or not.

Motherboard with 4 DDR2 memory slots, PCI Express capability, Serial ATA connector capability, AMD 64FX processor. I also want to use Corsair DDR2 memory.

I really don't know if all this is a good idea or not. I am pulling my hair out trying to find the most bang for my buck and find the best innovations.

PLEASE HELP!

Thanks!

 

Answer:PCI Express (pros and cons)?

For starters, you cannot get an AMD Motherboard that will support DDR2, only DDR. They have no plans on making a board that supports it either -in the near future at least.

AMD boards also will not get PCI Express until maybe late February.

To be honest, to buy and build a computer right now, IMHO, is a bad investment. I say investment because PC's are in a transitional period. CPU's are shifting to 64 bit-which thats not new, AGP shifting to PCI Express-still in the middle of it, PCI Express is adapting to SLI capabilities-barely on the OEM market, DDR memory is going to DDR2. Current systems are about to outdate themselves at an alarming rate.

If I were you, and you have a current manageable rig, I would wait until at least 2nd Quarter next year to buy and build.

If you go PCI Express, make sure you go SLI capable.

Anyway-if that gives you anymore questions, let me know.
 

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Why 64-Bit Windows Rocks:
In a 32-bit operating system, memory addresses are 32 bits in length, limiting the total number of unique addresses available to around 4 billion—effectively capping the total amount of memory your system can use at one time to 4GB.
Why 64-bit Windows Doesn’t Rock So Much:
-You need at least 4GB of memory
-32-bit drivers don’t work anymore
-Some software breaks in 64-bit Windows
-Not all software benefits from 64-bit
Full read : TheWindowsClub.
Add reads: 32-bit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 64-bit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Answer:Pros and Cons: 64-bit vs 32-bit Windows 7

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I think that MS should start the CPP NOW (Consumor Preview Program) I want to check out vista now. Who has it and if you have it reply to me telling the Pro's and Cons Please.

Answer:Pros and Cons of Vista

CON:
you need high specs to use it

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So i have finished building my current PC and am very pleased with it:

CPU: Intel i-7 920
MoBo: MSI Eclipse Plus
GPU: MSI GTX275 Lightning
RAM: 6G 1333MHz
HDD: 7200rpm 1TB
OS: Win7 Ultimate 64

I was looking at the 'windows experience index' function on windows and everything was quite pleasing (out of 1.0 - 7.9).

CPU: 7.5
RAM: 7.4
GFX: 7.3
3DGFX: 7.3
HD: 5.9

The HDD is what seems to 'bottleneck' the rest of my PC at the moment. So i was looking for ways to speed up the tranfer rate without spending heeps on 15000rpm disks or SSDs.

One solution i was hoping to experiment with is RAID-0 hardware. To my understanding, if i get 4x 250GB HDs and connect them in RAID-0 format then will i have 4x the transfer rate, with the same delay as a 1TB drive, and will my computer see this as only 1 1TB drive?

Any advice, alternative solution or even a better explaination will be much help.

Thanks in advance,
Conse.
 

Answer:Pros and Cons of RAID-0

I would start here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels

The big issue I see with RAID 0 is that if one drive fails, all is lost as the data is split evenly to all drives:





The reason for this is that the file system is distributed across all disks. When a drive fails the file system cannot cope with such a large loss of data and coherency since the data is "striped" across all drives (the data cannot be recovered without the missing disk). Data can be recovered using special tools, however, this data will be incomplete and most likely corrupt, and data recovery is typically very costly and not guaranteed.Click to expand...


 

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I ordered my P50 with what was supposed to be a 2.5" SSD of 256 GB, and it turns out they gave me an M.2. So now I can either as an auxiliary drive.  What are the benefits and drawbacks of each? Power consumption, durability, longevity, etc? Also, can I put an M.2 in bigger than the 256GB my P50 came with? My storage kit is coming, and I wanna install as soon as it arrives.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

Answer:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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How can i use my old internal Pc hard drive as an external usb
storage device
 

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I am new to this site so forgive me for not searching for my answer before posing the problem.

A month ago my five year old Dell running ceased Windows XP SP3 ceased booting. I ended up buying a new machine, Dell running Windows 7. Since the old machine will not boot, I have connected the old hard drive to the new machine because I need many of the files saved there. The problem seems to be entering the hard drive with access as if it were the primary source (Windows XP login and administrator PW). The new machine does recognize the drive and all the files however due to "security restrictions" I can not even view a photo from the old drive.

Is there a way I can access the old drive's files? Ideally, I would like to even to be able to access my email accounts from the old drive so I can transfer files which had been "saved to this machine" so I can transfer them to the server and in turn save them to the new machine.

I am not sure if it is possible but if I were able to create a back door remote access (without being able to initiate it from the old computer) I think I may be able to get what I need and want - like my iTunes, photos, etc...

Any help will be much appreciated, thanks
 

Answer:Accessing an internal hard drive as if it is external.

You simply need to take ownership of the files, see here: http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to...sions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm
 

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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I have one PC (2100MHz Pentium IV)running xp and another networked (333Mhz Pentium III)running 98SE. I am looking to add an extra hard disk for backups (around 200GB is the size/price limit)Am I better off using an external USB drive or should I use an internal one in the 98SE model. This is currently only used to give permanent access to the Compleat Oxford Dictionary and a couple of other CD based applications.

Answer:External v internal hard drive for back up

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I have been wanting to get an external hard drive to back up data for both my desktop and my wife's laptop, but they're just so doggone expensive. A friend told me that I can buy an internal hard drive with some sort of a case, get a PCI card with an external SATA hookup, and I'm good. I figure this would be cheaper (and a smaller profile to boot). I've already got Acronis True Image so I don't need any backup software. What do I need to look for when I'm shopping for stuff? I'm looking for at least 300 GB
 

Answer:Can I make an INTERNAL hard drive EXTERNAL?

Yeah just buy an external HD enclosure and bingo instant portable HD. Most of them use PATA IDE HDs and USB to connect to a PC.
 

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Well heres the deal, I have a WD200JB internal hard drive that I've recently put into an external case to run. The problem is i've only been able to register it for 31GB when its supposed to be 200GB, I'm running XP I've got the newest SP and updates all around, even when i use the Data Lifeguard that came with the hard drive it doesn't pick up on it being more then 31GB. What's the deal on that? Thats about all I can say for now i'm quiet bewildered on what to do, I know computers all around but i'm just new to the external hard drive scene.
Any Help Thanks.

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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Hello. Newb here. I recently took out the hard drive on my old computer and made it into an external hard drive after purchasing an enclosure for it. Plugging it in, I quicky found that I am unable to find files such as pictures, music, and videos.

Questions:

1. Does anyone know why this would be?
2. If I reconnect HD to old computer, is it safe to assume that files will reappear?

Thank you in advance for any feedback.
 

Answer:Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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i just had an external hard drive die and i know, usually, the first to go is the circuit board in them so i took the drive out to see if it would work in my pc and either the drive is telling the pc it wants to boot from disc or vice versa but either way it won't let the pc start/boot up it's plugged in correct because i have a second working drive now i just unplugged that and put the drive in question there and sorry for not being very detailed i tried this a few weeks ago and don't remember the exact line it gave. the external is a maxtor one touch 3 500gb my system is xp pro service pack 3 intel celeron cpu 2.40ghz 224mb of ram.. Thanks for any input.
 

Answer:external hard drive died want to try it as internal.

What exactly are you trying to achieve? Just retrieving data?
I think your saying your hopeing it's the external box that died and not the drive itself?
You say you removed your second working drive? So you still have your first (boot drive) installed and the HD you think died?

Easiest thing I can think of is install a working drive in the external case. If it works the other drive is dead and the external case is fine.
 

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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I have changed my system and have a Seagate 30Gbyte hard drive from my old computer. I thought I would be able to use it in the new machine as a backup device.My problem is that the old drive is connected to the m/b by a 'wide cable' and the new one via a totally different cable, much narrower. Not very technical I'm affraid.Is there a way that I can connect the old drive externally? Perhaps via a caddy and either parralel or usb?Any thoughts would be appreciated.Keith

Answer:can internal hard drive convert to external?

No problems at all. An external USB2/Firewire (whichever suits you - probably USB2 is marginally more straightforward) enclosure with an internal IDE interface will do you nicely. They're the commonest type and available just about "anywhere".

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