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By Complore ·
I need to purchase new/alternative harddrives for the machines in my training suite so that lengthy set-ups of PC's for courses needing completely operating systems can be a thing of the past. I need to know what I am asking for and would appreciatean explanation of specs of hard drives and how/if they change with each manufacturer.

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by dmiles In reply to explanation of specs for ...

There are a number of factors that plays a part in the drives when considering purchasing
The type of machine and its operating system
The size of drive
Type of drive IDE or SCSI
See the following sites
1)www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd
2)www.simpletech.com/storage/ezdrive
3)www.dmax.com/techinfo/harddrives
4)www.hardwarecentral.com/hardwarecentral/tutorials
5)http://kb.indiana.edu/data/adlt

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by Complore In reply to explanation of specs for ...

Thank you for the many resourses. They have helped a lot!

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by TheChas In reply to explanation of specs for ...

soulrider gave you some very good sources.

If I am reading between the lines correctly, your motive for new drives is to reduce changover time between differnt training courses.

If so, I recommend that you install either "hot-swap" boxes, or adrive selector on the systems. You will need a set of drives for each course, but your changeover will be reduced to either swapping drives, or setting a switch.

With the hot-swap box, a technician can set-up the drives for a course by simply copying the required files, or drive image on a master computer.

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by Complore In reply to explanation of specs for ...

Good idea, and one I will look into, but doesn't quite answer my question.

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by Still_learning In reply to explanation of specs for ...

I agree with TheChas. You can build an image library of your courses and reimage the systems as needed. This has the additional benefit of giving you a clean system (no stuff left behind by previous students). Ghost works well for this purpose. You can reimage these systems from a server or burn the images to CDRoms. This is assuming that all the systems in your lab are identical. Otherwise you will have driver issues, etc. If set up properly, you can have the students start this processfor you as their last action on the last day of class. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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by Complore In reply to explanation of specs for ...

Does help thank you but not to explain about hard drives... Unfortunately my systems are different and we had a nightmare with Ghost which is why we are opting for the additional drives.

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by D_V Ant In reply to explanation of specs for ...

Another option to consider is removeable chasis for the drives. They are available for IDE and SCSI drives. It allows you to have any number of drives configured however you want. The student is given the drive that has whatever flavor OS he is working in. He plugs it in the PC and boots. After he is done, he shuts down the PC and removes the drive. Next student plugs in his drive with a different os. I use this setup at home. I have three drives with different OSs that I swap and one permanentdrive for data.

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by Complore In reply to explanation of specs for ...

Sounds good and something I am looking into thank you

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