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Old 10th July, 2005, 11:22 PM
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I use a 80gig sata as my main hd and i have a old Seagate ST330013A ata100 hd too laying around. If i install this into my comp and put my page file on it will i see any or much performance increase?
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depends on how fast the drive is and how much of what you use the computer for involves hard drive access at the same time as swap file access.

If the older drive is of comparable speed to the sata drive then yes having the swap file on it will help. But if it's significantly slower, performance will suffer unless what you use the system for often involves hard drive access at the same time as swap file operations.

Something like processing large video files for instance which would involve working on the actual source files and also use a hefty chunk of memory.

But for day to day stuff I would say performance would suffer if it's a lot slower
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this is some info on the speed, not sure if its good or not.
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Thats isn't especialy slow, it all depends on how fast the sata drive is, I would take a guess at it being about 1/3rd faster in which case it may help to have it set up as a swap disk or for temp files in what ever program you use.

In fact that would likely be the better performance setup, to have windows and the swap file on the sata drive, and use the ide drive for specific programs temp folders
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