Speed of the hard drive really effects the performance of your computer because as slow your hard drive speed will be your PC will take as much time for the files to be read from the hard drive so always have a look at the hard drive speed while buying the new hard drive.
You can also Increase Hard Drive Speed in Windows XP which improves the performance of your system littlebit.Method for Increasing the speed of Hard Drive in Windows XP is given below.
STEP 1: Start > Run > then type SYSEDIT.EXE
STEP 2: Expand the system.ini file window.
STEP 3: Scroll down almost to the end of the file till you find a line called [color=red][386enh]
STEP 4: Press Enter to make one blank line, and in that line type
NOTE: The above info for the new line is CASE SENSITIVE
STEP 6: Select File > Save
STEP 7: Close SYSEDIT and reboot your computer
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