Upgraded my Ram, now Hard drive makes lots of noise.

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by lbbs, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. lbbs

    lbbs Guest

    I have a dell dimension 4100, p3, 733Mhz system with 256MB ram pc133, win2k.
    I upgrade with an additional 256MB pc133 ram (Kingston). But now the
    hard drive seams to be working a lot harder. I seams like it is always
    spinning away in the back round. Before I would only hear the hard drive
    spinning when it did auto backups of my AutoCAD drawings (once every half
    hour). I thought getting more ram will make the hard drive work less,
    not more. Any ideas?
    lbbs, Jan 27, 2004
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  2. lbbs

    SgtMinor Guest

    More RAM means less work for the hard drive, generally. If you have a
    laptop, for instance, your battery should last longer with more RAM.
    Does the OS see the additional RAM? Does AutoCAD run faster?

    Check the hard drive's data cable on both ends. Maybe you nudged it a
    bit while installing the memory.
    SgtMinor, Jan 27, 2004
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  3. lbbs

    lbbs Guest

    I should not say that it spins all the time, but definitely a lot more often
    then it did before the upgrade.
    If the cable was loose then you would think that the hd would not work at
    lbbs, Jan 28, 2004
  4. lbbs

    hepcat Guest

    When you add more memory, you should remember to go into control
    panel-system-advanced click the performance button, click the change
    button, and reset the paging file to the recommended amount.

    It is also good to have a disk defragmenter that can defragment the
    paging file if necessary. The paging file may get fragmented when
    windows changes virtually memory because not enough is available.
    AutoCAD can be memory intensive so maybe this is the case.
    hepcat, Jan 28, 2004
  5. lbbs

    SgtMinor Guest

    I wouldn't think that because I've seen drives try to operate with a
    loose controller cable. That's why I suggested you check it.
    SgtMinor, Jan 28, 2004
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