I want to upgrade my memory.If I add 160GB harddisk to my already existing 40GB,will I get 200GB or less.Also do all the drives(C:,D:,E:,F:) need formatting.Also do I need to upgrade my RAM.Currently it is 256MB.If I were to upgrade it to 1GB what exactly happens after upgrading....???????Do I get 1GB+256MB or just 1GB?
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Re: hard disk and ram
Hello Kevin Shaggy...
Let me see if I can help you out a bit... Adding a 160gb to a 40gb does give you 200gb. BUT!!! you will loose a little bit on each one after formatting the harddrive. The new drive will wind up being about 157 or 159gb give or take a little. ANY harddrive partition, whether it is a c:, d:, etc...you DO have to format EACH drive letter. If you partition your 160gb harddrive into 2 parts, (2) 80gb drives, then they would get two drive letters and both of them get formatted. IF the 40gb drive is C: then the new 160gb partitioned in half would be D: & E:. CDROM Drive would be F: and so on.... Floppy Drives, CDrom Drives, DVD Drives, you do not have to format like a hard drive...
If you add a 1gb stick of memory to your existing 256mb stick of memory then you WOULD have 1gb + 256mb. If you remove the 256mb and just add 1gb, then you would just have 1gb.
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The computer is not getting pass the POST (power on self test) and therefore the hard disk information doesn't appear and the computer won't boot up.
The problem is with your RAM modules, your motherboard uses interleaved memory, it requires two identical RAM modules (a pair of RAM modules) to be inserted into the motherboard memory slots. These slots are color coded and the RAM modules MUST be inserted into the RAM slots with the same color.
This is your computer emmory related issue. RAm emory or harddisk. If you have desk top rewfix RAM memory then boot your computer with winxp recovery or bootable disk. For that when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key for enter in bios then go to boot optiojn and set frist boot device as your cd or dvd rom then save and exit from bios. Then put that disk in rom then it boot with it. Then follow the procedure then enter in recovery console mode then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then press "y" then it fix error on harddisk. Then check then if stillsame issue then choose repair option and repair your os. let me know if you need more assistanse. Thanks.
jamesroland1, You have a computer with a 40GB hard drive and you want to add another hard drive (150GB), is that correct? Not knowing the rest of your system age, setup and configuration makes it hard to know what you may encounter. If you can add more memory (RAM) it is always helpful to make applications work faster and multiple ones as well. You may want to add an external hard drive if you don't have the room or don't feel comfortable with opening the computer and installing an internal hard drive. If you want to replace the lower capacity drive, you need to reinstall the operating system on the drive and start from scratch. randy320sgi
It is up to your computer and what you already have installed, but in almost every situation you will have room for one more device ie: Hard drive or CD/DVD drive. You'll need to open the computer up and check to see if you have wide (about 3") flat grey cables connected to your existing drive or if it is a narrow (about 1/2") with similar size connector on the drive. The wide one is generally EIDE for newer computers and IDE for older. The small is SATA. This is the standard now.
Since you have a drive that is 40GB, you almost certainly are either EIDE or SATA. Once you look at the cables, you'll know which type you need to purchase.
your os already uses the space needed as ram. this is of course slower because of access/read/write speeds of off board memory. it will not increase your computer if you allocate larger swap files sizes for this. better to eliminate tsr's that are in your start-up which you do not use. along with any applications which are outdated that you do not use. this assumes you have a pc, and not a mac. if you are using vista, i reco more than 3 gig or its a dog. too many drm files and other unneeded overhead. xp will perform better for you. good luck mark.