Ok, so I have an existing Windows 10, 64 bit PC, running off a 60 GB SSD.
I also have a "standard" Internal 1 TB Harddrive, (Western Digital).
Both drives are connected via SATA cables.
Lately, I've been experiencing issues with the WD (Western Digital) drive ... sometimes it spikes 100% disk activity, other days, I just "lose it" .. it vanishes from windows. A couple reboots later, it will reappear.
I have opened it up, and swapped the cables between the SSD and WD ... as well as moved the connections to other ports on the Mother Board (it has 6). The SSD drive has never had any issues, only the WD .. so I'm suspecting it is in the process of failing. No worries, I've already backed up everything important on it ...
So I took a trip to local computer shop, and eyed a new 4TB Barracuda drive ... but I was told by the guy there, I might have issues .. so I wanted to come here for a 2nd opinion (or more specifically on this site: "Facts" :) )
Here's my full specs:
O/S: Windows 10, 64 bit. 10.0.17134 Build 17134
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 920 Processor 2.81 GHz
RAM: 4 GB (4 slots, 2 used, 2 empty)
Motherboard: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe (it has 6 Sata ports - I'm using 2. 4 RAM slots - I'm using 2)
Power Supply: (can't read the name) but model: TT-450NL2NK Max: 450 W
Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 (2 GB RAM)
I'm looking to replace my 1 TB drive, with a 4 TB drive .. I would have them both plugged in short term to transfer some files .. but if needed (ie due to Power supply not handling both ?) I have another way of accessing it ... so not too worried.
So my questions boil down to:
1) Is my Power supply ok to handle this load, if I replace the existing 1 TB with a 4 TB ?
2) Can the power supply handle both drives ?
3) Can I handle a 4 TB drive, with my (measly) 4 GB RAM (the guy at the store indicated I could have issues with my low RAM in this area, and it could cause problems - so I wanted a 2nd opinion on this topic, since I had never heard this before).
4) although I'm fairly certain the 1 TB drive is failing .. I'm not 100% sure on that, and any other suggestions for testing/verifying other aspects are always welcome :)
My fallback - assuming the new harddrive doesn't "solve" the problem ... will be to purchase a new computer .. so I'm hesitant to upgrade the RAM at this time. If my current system can't handle the new 4 TB drive, I most likely will also just consider a new computer ;)
 oh - and for what it's worth: I did scan for viruses - none found. shrug [/edit]