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    Hello. I have what I hope will be a simple question:

    Here's what I have so far:

    Intel D945GCLF2 Motherboard
    Intel Atom 330 1.6ghz processor
    2GB Crucial RAM (one stick)
    Fujitsu 320GB SATA II 7200rpm 2.5" HDD
    M4ATX 250W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    Xenarc 705TSV screen
    A bunch of audio equipment

    My questions are about hard drives/CDROM drives. I will be running dual boot WinXP/Ubuntu Linux, and I have a second SATA II header I could use for another HDD that would be dedicated to the OSes. A SSD is a bit too expensive at $120 for a small 16 gig, and also will have a limited number of writes available and this is a long term project. I don't want a SSD. So I was looking online for a small 20 gig HDD that I could install the OSes on, so that if I need to wipe/reformat down the road, I don't have to worry about transferring all my data off and saving it (since it will be on the other HDD).

    The problem I ran into is that the only HDDs I can find that are that small are 4200RPM and 5200RPM and SATA I. Would it slow down the booting process and cause a performance drop if I ran one of these slower SATA I drives as a dedicated OS drive, or would I not notice a difference? I can't find any 7200rpm SATA II drives that are smaller than like 60 gig and I just don't need that much space to install Windows and Ubuntu. In fact, I don't even need 20 gigs. What would you guys do?

    My second question is about installing the OSes themselves. I have an old ATAPI DVD/CDRW from a compaq laptop that I was hoping I could use but I can't figure out how to hook it up. Should I just get an external USB one or something? Obviously I need to have a CD rom so I can install the OSes and various drivers and such.

    Thanks so much for your help on both of these!

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    Originally posted by ThePistonDoctor View Post
    Hello. I have what I hope will be a simple question:

    Here's what I have so far:

    Intel D945GCLF2 Motherboard
    Intel Atom 330 1.6ghz processor
    2GB Crucial RAM (one stick)
    Fujitsu 320GB SATA II 7200rpm 2.5" HDD
    M4ATX 250W Intelligent DC-DC PSU
    Xenarc 705TSV screen
    A bunch of audio equipment

    My questions are about hard drives/CDROM drives. I will be running dual boot WinXP/Ubuntu Linux, and I have a second SATA II header I could use for another HDD that would be dedicated to the OSes. A SSD is a bit too expensive at $120 for a small 16 gig, and also will have a limited number of writes available and this is a long term project. I don't want a SSD. So I was looking online for a small 20 gig HDD that I could install the OSes on, so that if I need to wipe/reformat down the road, I don't have to worry about transferring all my data off and saving it (since it will be on the other HDD).

    The problem I ran into is that the only HDDs I can find that are that small are 4200RPM and 5200RPM and SATA I. Would it slow down the booting process and cause a performance drop if I ran one of these slower SATA I drives as a dedicated OS drive, or would I not notice a difference? I can't find any 7200rpm SATA II drives that are smaller than like 60 gig and I just don't need that much space to install Windows and Ubuntu. In fact, I don't even need 20 gigs. What would you guys do?

    My second question is about installing the OSes themselves. I have an old ATAPI DVD/CDRW from a compaq laptop that I was hoping I could use but I can't figure out how to hook it up. Should I just get an external USB one or something? Obviously I need to have a CD rom so I can install the OSes and various drivers and such.

    Thanks so much for your help on both of these!
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