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    Elaiv
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    Hard Drive Brand suggestions for a 2nd HD?

    Gentlemen:

    I'm buying a 2nd HD so I can install Linux (SuSe Personal).
    I want to use LInux and Windws in the same PC, in a dual boot mode.
    I have Partition Magic 7.0 with Boot Magic to do that. You Linux user, what Brand and size HD do you recommend?
    My system: Pentium 3, 800MHz MinitowerBase w/MMX technology. ATA 66 ControllerCard
    384MB,SDRAM
    30GB Utra ATA HD (7200rpm)
    32MB NVIDIA TNT2 M64 Graphics

    Thanks:

    Elaiv

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    Re:Hard Drive Brand suggestions for a 2nd HD?

    I personally like Maxtor because their cheap ;-) However if your looking for speed I believe the Western Digital brand or the IBM brand might be a better choice.
    AMD Athlon 2200+ 1.8Ghz
    1280MB PC-3200 CAS2.5 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
    D-Link DWL-G520 Rev.A
    Debian 5.0r1 Lenny

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    Spot
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    Re:Hard Drive Brand suggestions for a 2nd HD?

    Gentlemen:
    LOL...you obviously haven't met Oscar yet :P

    I'm buying a 2nd HD so I can install Linux (SuSe Personal). I want to use LInux and Windws in the same PC, in a dual boot mode. I have Partition Magic 7.0 with Boot Magic to do that.
    You won't *need* PM nor Boot Magic. Most modern distros will allow you to partition/resize/repartition your hdd during installation, and LILO, the linux bootloader which will allow for multiple OS's, comes with them as well.
    I would recommend that you *at least* have a seperate partition for /home.
    You Linux user, what Brand and size HD do you recommend?
    Get what you can afford, basically. I have a nice, thorough, working install(including apps) on less than 2 gigs on my laptop, though I have no intention of installing any huge games or anything like that. My main workstation is a WD 7200 rpm 40G.

    My system: Pentium 3, 800MHz MinitowerBase w/MMX technology. ATA 66 ControllerCard
    384MB,SDRAM
    30GB Utra ATA HD (7200rpm)
    32MB NVIDIA TNT2 M64 Graphics
    I have heard of some folks having some trouble with controller cards like that, but I can't tell you anything from personal experience.
    Also, be aware that you will need to download kernel-specific drivers for nvidea cards from nvidea's website. If you need help installing them, there's a OMP on that very subject here:
    http://www.getlinuxonline.com/omp/ha...ia_install.htm

    Good luck!

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    JimH
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    Re:Hard Drive Brand suggestions for a 2nd HD?

    I would go WD or Maxtor. With the reported issues surrounding the newer IBM hard drives I would avoid them. Safer to err on the side of caution when it comes to your data.

    Jim H

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