about HD... if its too old u might have some broken sectors or its just the age which makes it load ur data slower.
if u use IDE and u have SATA connection on ur motherboard go for SATA.[/b]
just to state that u are 100% right..
My HD is about 8.5 years old (the old one). might be older but im not sure.
and yea i discovered that i have SATA connections on my motherboard thx to volcanic, so atleast now im uptodate on 1 thing..