I have two items:
One, I ordered the 1TB Western Digital HDD. We should resume the discussion when the drive arrives from amazon.com in a few days -- due to my terminal cheapness, I had it sent to me via free Super Saver Shipping.
(dencorso, the company in the U.S. is called amazon.com. Is the company's Brazilian branch named mississippi.com? )
And two, I tried loading the big file in Word again, this time with the Task Manager open and set to list processes by their CPU use, so that I could see what was taking up the PC's resources during file loading. By far the biggest chunk of CPU cycles during loading went to WINWORD.EXE: usage hovered between 40 and 50 percent most of the time, with a single spike up to 65%. Nothing else went above even 3% in the 3:02 that the file took to load.
Does this affect any of our hypotheses? As I said, I don't mind "repurposing" the 1TB drive, so we needn't use that purchase as a sole reason for proceeding with the surgery. I'm thinking that it all (or mostly) has to do with Word somehow, especially in light of the trial with Works where the file took only 1:12 to load.
I'm glad to get the "proof of concept"!
I've got an external hdd full of movies that is connected to a multimedia player, which connects to my normal tv. Great for watching movies (and the kids can't damage the dvd's), as well as backup, so I agree that is a good choice if you can use it for something else.
Edited by JorgeA, 05 October 2010 - 08:42 PM.