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I am not really very computer literate

My PC at home (a Compaq Presario) currently is partitioned into a 7.35 GB main drive and a 2 GB backup. Both are practically full. Our needs have changed in the last few months, as Fergal has discovered games and I have discovered, cough, archived videos. We've had it for just over five years.

Is there hope? Can I add much extra memory to it without having to resort to buying a new machine? If I do get a new computer, is it worth while considering getting one that I can just plug into the existing peripherals (printer, monitor/microphone, speakers)?

Your advice is welcome.

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clanwilliam
May. 7th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Easiset way would be to just buy an external hard drive to put your video on - it will be slower than your main one, but you can just move all your video there. Unfortunately, I think Presarios are too small to have space for a second hard drive.

And certainly, if you're happy with your peripherals, I wouldn't change them - if you want a new computer, then just buy the box.

Feel free to dtop me a line if you want to ask more questions.
nwhyte
May. 7th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! Can I then also install games and other such memory sinks onto the external hard drive?

(Though there is an additional problem in that the Presario only has two USB ports, and one is normally needed for the Internet and the other for the printer.)
alexmc
May. 7th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
USB hubs are fairly cheap. You plug them into one of your USB ports and you get four (or more) ports coming out.

Maybe 20 quid if you buy from a shop.
nwhyte
May. 7th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
Ah, now that is very useful to know.
clanwilliam
May. 7th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Not a good idea. However, you can move your archived video out there so there's more space for the games on the internal hard drive.
pvaneynd
May. 8th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
I'm betting you're talking about USB 1.0 ports, so limited in speed to something like 2 Mbit/sec. You would not want to talk to a harddisk at that speed given that even an 3 year old portable (slow) HD can read at 17 Mbyte/sec so ~ 135 Mbit/sec.

I would strongly suggest you to get a newer computer. Personally I always have problems with hardware, so I don't buy Dell or something like that but from a local shop so I can just walk in and talk to the tech. If you're not so lucky then almost any PC would be 'good enough' these days, the difference in just in support you get.

Saying this, I'm waiting for the right moment to get me an iMac (with Applecare of course) from a not-so-local dealer :-).

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