[QUOTE=DiiZzY;2536359]Since he apparently doesn’t care/mind does it really matter?
I guess not.
In theory, the OP could partition the HDD & set the partition to miss the first few GB’s and then keep important documentation on an external HDD. But people generally want their HDD’s to be quick, and their OS to be responsive. An 80GB HDD is limping with a walking frame compared to even the slowest 5400RPM HDD’s on the market … even laptop drives.
And honestly … I palmed off / threw away 80GB HDD’s more than 3 or 4 years ago. I’m about to wipe and throw away a 160GB HDD, and I’m palming off a 500GB HDD to someone early next week, once I check that it has no personal info on it …
@OP … seriously? That Geriatric old HDD has liver failure, has been diagnosed with only months to live, and is mistakenly flirting with death. Is it really worth the trouble?