I’ve got two hard drives in my main desktop computer: a 250 GB drive that I’ve got all my stuff on, and an old 100 GB drive that I occasionally use for backups, or experimenting with Linux, or what have you. I turned the computer on last night, and heard an ominous clicking sound coming from one of the drives. Luckily, it was the 100 GB drive, which didn’t currently contain anything important. I could really just throw that drive away and be done with it, but I decided that this was a good opportunity to do some upgrading. I just bought a new 500 GB drive from Newegg for $70. I’m going to use that as my main drive, move the 250 GB drive over to secondary use, and toss the bad 100 GB drive.
I think I’ll probably use this opportunity to do a fresh Vista install on the new drive, and just reinstall all my apps. I’m still running XP on the machine, largely because I’ve been afraid to try an in-place upgrade to Vista, and there was no obvious quick and safe way to do a clean install without having another big drive handy.
I’m still a little worried about putting Vista on this machine. The Vista upgrade advisor indicates that it’ll be OK, and I actually did a test install of Vista on the 100 GB drive a while back, and it did work. My motherboard and video card predate Vista, though, and there were a couple of slightly questionable things that came up when I did that test install. I really don’t want to go out and buy a new mobo and processor right now, if I can avoid it. I might upgrade the RAM in the machine from 2GB to 3GB, though. And a newer video card wouldn’t be out of the question, though I’m not sure that would help much.