Most drive manufacturers have them. They used to be included in the box on
floppy, but most just make them available for download now.
Just as a point of information, when programs run they run from memory, not
the hard drive. Basically, when a program or data is called on, it is copied
from the hard drive to memory (either physical ram or the paging file or a
combination of both). It is during the initial loading that you may find
some improvement. Once it's loaded into memory, the seek rate on the drive
will have a negligible effect unless a fair amount of paging is required.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Lea Hayes" <LeaHayes@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Hi Rick,
> Thank you for your help! I didn't realize that WD offerred a free drive
> My old HDD's seek time is about 9.8ms whereas the new one is 4.6ms. A
> of mine said that this should be a lot faster...however I am far from
> being a
> hardware expert. The HDD in my newer machine seems very slow when it is
> several things at a time, I didn't have this issue on my older XP
> So I guessed that it would be either the hard disk itself, or maybe a
> difference in the way Vista manages disk scheduling (probably the former).
> Thanks again,
> Lea Hayes
> "Rick Rogers" wrote:
>> Hi Lea,
>> Check with Western Digital here for a drive copy utility:
>> Don't expect too much performance increase unless you were a) heavily
>> (in which case more memory would be a better solution) or b) replacing a
>> very old IDE drive running at 5400 or lower.
>> You can replace the hard drive without purchasing a new license as many
>> times as you deem necessary. At some point you may need to reactivate the
>> installation as the hardware changes accumulate, but that is nothing more
>> than a phone call.
>> Best of Luck,
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>> My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
>> "Lea Hayes" <LeaHayes@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > Hi all!
>> > I have just purchased a brand new 'WD Raptor X 10,000 RPM SATA' hard
>> > drive
>> > to replace my existing one. The new HDD is a LOT faster and I expect to
>> > get
>> > some amazing speed improvements when using my Vista computer and games.
>> > How can I transfer everything from my previous HDD to the new one? I do
>> > not
>> > want to add the new HDD in as a secondary, I want to completely remove
>> > the
>> > old one!
>> > I have done some searching on the net, however people are saying that
>> > it
>> > will invalidate the Vista activation, or something or other......this
>> > can't
>> > be right!?!? Some people are even saying that you can only change your
>> > HDD
>> > once!
>> > Any help would be great!