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Comparing Hard Drive Performance

Q: Comparing Hard Drive Performance

Is there a site, much like the video card comparisons, that lets you compare two specific hard drives, in terms of performance?

For example, if I wanted to find out which drive offered better performance, a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB drive, or a 500 GB Western Digital Green drive.

I have a pile of older hard drives like this and I'd love to be able to rank them in terms of performance, to figure out what to keep and what to sell.

Preferred Solution: Comparing Hard Drive Performance

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A: Comparing Hard Drive Performance

You mean something like this?

Charts, benchmarks HDD Charts 2012, Desktop Performance


If you have time and patience you can plug the hard disks and run the hdtune_free_version for real time results.

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I'm looking for a quantitative/numerical way of comparing the performance of Windows environments.
I do not need a hardware comparison benchmark that preempts other concurrently running processes.
I need to show how much poorer general application performance under a Windows environment overloaded with endpoint agents (FireEye + Tanium + McAfee + Symantec + ...) is compared to under a standard MS Windows image.
(I see Windows WMI metrics indicating a constant 200+ Disk Writes/sec in some of the overloaded environments, killing performance for other higher-level apps that need to do Disk I/O)

Microsoft had a Windows Experience Index that provided a numerical index for comparison:
C:\>winsat formal

Would those scores for CPU, Memory, and Disk be a good way to compare differently loaded/configured software environments running on the same hardware?
Or would that test disregard other concurrently running processes to get their numbers?

And likewise,
C:\>winsat disk

for disk throughput.


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I was just curious about my computer's performance. Right now I'm currently using a WD SATA II 250 Gb hd with 8 cache that is quite nice but it's not really giving me the lightening speed that I want. It was faster around the time I purchased it in Feb.2007 but now it's questionable. So I got to thinking since I've upgraded my computer system which is a Dell Xps/410 running Windows Vista 32bit, an Intel Q6600 2.4GHz. processor, Evga 8800GTS 512mb video card, Creative SB Audigy sound card, a WD 250gb Sata II hd, a PC Power and Cooling 500W psu that this system will only be as fast as the Hard Drive will allow. In other words I just purchased a WD SATA II hd with a 32 cache which will no doubt be faster but will I be able to see more of a drastic change in the way my system performs? Will this enable me to experience better overclocking speeds in my video card etc. I'm only asking this theoretically since I don't have any benchmarks or anything of my system and I hope I'm asking this question correctly.

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I have a recent install of windows 7 that seems to access the hard drive a lot.
Is there any changes that I can make to improve hard drive performance?

Also, after I install Win 7 in notice that it updates almost every time I turn off the
computer. Is there a way to stop it from updating all the time?
Thank you,

A:Hard Drive performance on Win 7


numerous other features you can disable also
re recent install , there are 100s of updates to get though to todays date

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I've just installed a new hard drive on my PC, which is an 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 that I believe should be pretty fast.
I installed it as master with my old drive as slave and booted from the Windows XP CD(there was no software with the drive), formating it to NTFC and installing the OS. The system now boots XP from this drive, although the drive is letter E:\ while my old(FAT32 13GB) one is still C:\
I then went and did some performance tests which rated the two drives roughly equal... which surprised me because my other one was quite old and even when I got it it was apparently slower than average. I heard that if the two of them are on the one cable the older one can slow it up though... which is why I then removed the old drive. But when I do that the system fails to boot. I get the VGA BIOS, followed by my MSI splash screen, then the system hangs with the power light stuck on. I've tried connecting the other drive on a diff cable to a spare IDE slot and I've tried just removing it altogether but nothing will work unless I keep the two of them on the same cable. Is it because the old one is my C drive? Does that have to be connected to primary IDE?
Performance was my priority over capacity when getting this drive so I'm quite dissappointed at the moment. Also, the disk is meant to be 80.4GB, my BIOS says its 82GB and Windows says its 76.6GB. I can't see myself filling it up any time soon anyway but does this indicate I have it set up wrong or somethi... Read more

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would i find any increase in overall performance of my computer if i got a faster hard drive? right now i have a 40gb 5200rpm 2mb cache. i was thinking about upping it to an 80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache. or would a vid card upgrade be better? i have a 9500 pro.

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A 9500 Pro is still a very reasonable beast of a video card, better in most games than its replacement the 9600pro, and unless you are playing games at 1280x1024 or above with Anti Aliasing enabled then there isn't a particularly good reason to upgrade your video card. Personally, I would wait untill the next generation of Video cards come out, and see what they are like, even if you don't want one, you may be able to pick up a bargain on an "older" generation card.

As far as faster hard drives are concerned, 7200rpm drives with 8mb cache can be noticably quicker in some circumstances, and it may be wise to think about migrating to Serial-ATA drives now, as it is likely that standard IDE will become a legacy interface, when BTX form factor boards come out later this year.

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my HDD is using it's full potential of speed? It's a Maxtor 6Y080M0 connected via SATA to my Abit IS7-E mobo.

Everest's HDD buffered read goes up to 115 MB/s and the linear and random are at about 45 MB/s.

A:Hard drive performance figures

You dig up your drive specifications from Maxtor and see. (You have to dig hard, since no HD maker wants you to see all the specs )

As the product manual says, the sustained transfer rate is between 37 and 67 fake megabytes per second. Looks OK to me. Buffered read is more difficult to compare, since it depends on your system load and the exact methodology Everest uses..

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System Specs:
AMD 64 x2 6000+
Abit AN9
GeForce 8800GT SLI
Vista 64 Ultimate with SP1
Forceware version 15.01
version 177.79 gfx drivers

not sure what else would be helpful for hardware/drivers

Ive been having some serious performance issues with hard drive xfer speed and performance, but I am not sure if I can narrow it down specifically to the HDD. The primary time where I get bad performance is when downloading files. It all started when I first installed vista and was downloading all of the updates and SP1. After a brutal night of waiting around for the files to download and install (I'm talking hours), performance did a huge jump, but was still sub par from before I reinstalled. Currently when downloading files from EA store, bittorrent, or any large file, say Vista SP1, my computer slows down to a halt. I defrag weekly, used an external defrag program for >64MB files. I used the tutorial to increase SATA drive performance, tried a few other tweaks on the tutorial forums, but nothing seems to work. It seems to be much worse when I try to unzip/unrar or otherwise process large amounts on my HDD. Ive done virus scans, spyware scans, used system optimizers, but I think im missing something.

If anyone has any idea, your help would be much appreciated.

A:Poor Hard Drive Performance?

I aways tell people to check for bad SATA contacts and bad SATA cable.

Other then that, you can get a super fast HDD or raid 0 two quick HDDS. On top of that, over clock you cpu would help.

Good luck and keep us up to date.

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I want to add another hard drive to my PC, and I was wondering is their any certain kind of hard drive to add when adding a new one as far as: SPEED/PERFORMANCE? Also, witch is better, a Internal, or external hard drive?
My PC Specs:
Motherboard:Chipset-AMD 780
CPU type-Athlon IIx4
CPU speed-630(2.8 GHz)

Power Supply: 600W

I don't know if their is anything else that I need to list that matters...
Any help would be grateful, THANKS

A:What Is Best Performance WHen Adding New Hard Drive?

The only performance difference you will see is if you get a higher RPM hard drive than you already have. Even then, it won't be much of a difference. On the other hand, you will see a great difference if you spend the money getting a solid state. External will make no difference because the OS is on the internal.

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Alright guys,

I made a new computer in Jan. and I do not think my hard drive is functioning properly. When I am playing games and am loading a map the hard drive will only read every so often and not constantly. The sad part is that my IDE drive from 6 years ago out performs it in its current state. Loading Urban terror usually takes less than fifteen seconds on my 6 year old computer but on my new comp it takes over a minute. Something isn't right.

I have defraged my hard drive and the games are on another partition.

Here is my rig

WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB

SATA 2 cable

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz (PC3 12800)

Windows 7 x64

I would appreciate it if you guys helped me out.

In short, the hard drive will intermittently read as opposed to constantly, leading to slow load times which are slower than my old IDE based computer.

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Load a game in the background then go to START->type perfmon /report-> wait 60 seconds for the data to be collected and then save it, zip it and attach it to your next post.

Also, download the drive diagnostics tool from here: http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...&sid=3&lang=en

And run it using the Extended Test option. As your drive is 1TB it will take several hours.


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I thought it would be interesting to compare everyones hard drive performances with screenshots from HD Tune utility (get from HD Tune). Maybe after some time we could produce a results table.

So heres mine:

Im going to show you the single WD Raptor X results first for interest:

And this week I received a WD Raptor 150 which I have now attached to the Raptor X in RAID 0 (128kb stripes):

This is now my current OS combined drive.

So lets see yours and how they compare.

A:Show us your hard drive performance

Here's mine, not to bad I guess.

Vista HDD
Windows 7 HDD

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I recently purchased a 300gb hard drive and am now running my OS (Win XP) on my 120gb and have a 300 for games and varios media. well, i went on vacation to a friends house and filled the 300gb drive with enough anime and music to keep me happy for longer than my lifespan permits. but, ive noticed that after squeezing every last bit i could out of it (aprox. 1gb of free space left) i noticed everything loaded slower. and worse, it slowed my OS, witch is on another drive, and i get studdering in sound whenever im copying something. is this a result of the MFT getting to big? any insight to this would be most apreciated. im guessing my end result is going to be buying a DVD burner and just burning my way out of this, but id like to know more, thanx! If your wondering why this is in the XP forum, i dont believe my problem is hardware related, as it is fine when im not copying large amounts of data or loading something

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witha 300 gig drive you need at least 30 gig free or it won't work

when you try to copy, it needs a space on the hd to use as temp storage space

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Hi All,

My PC's Windows Experience index rating is currently at 5.9 due to my HDD. It's a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB. Which HDD should I look at to get more performance out of the rig? All the other fields are in the 7.0 to 7.6 range.


A:Best Hard drive for performance upgrade

To break the 5.9 barrier you either have to go with a raid array stripped for speed or you need to go SSD.

5.9 is basically the topped out number for a single spinning drive.

But as such, there are a lot of drives that have a 5.9 value that range a lot of performance... So yes you could get a 10,000 RPM drive and better your performance but the number will still not go over 5.9. But also you won;t "feel" the difference between a 7200 and 10k drive anyway in reality...

But going from a spinner to an SSD will make unbelievably noticable improvements in everything you do on your computer. Every mouseclick will INSTANTLY command reaction. No more waiting 25 seconds to photoshop to load, hows 2.5 seconds for you?

So... if you want to both break through the 5.9 barrier AND do something with real, tangeable, howdidIgetalong before gains... buy a 120 or 160 gig SSD for your root drive...

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Hi everyone. I will try to explain my problem to the best of my ability...

I have two hard drives. One is a Seagate ST3200822A 200GB IDE hard drive. The other is a Seagate ST3300831AS 300GB SATA hard drive. The 200GB IDE is the primary drive, containing the Windows XP installation.

Lately I've been having problems transferring files between the two, and even having good performance running files from them if something is being accessed. To explain this, I will use music [since I love music and listen to it often ]

Say I have a music folder on my 300GB seagate SATA drive to save space and performance on my 200GB IDE drive. Let's say I'm playing music from it in Windows Media Player [although the player is irrelevant.] Suddenly I have a need to move a large amount [in storage size] of files, say, 1 GB to or from that 300GB SATA drive while playing music. The music starts skipping and glitching until the files are done transfering.

Also, this transfer would take maybe 8 minutes. Doesn't that sound ridiculous, as I can transfer files five times as large over my LAN in the same amount of time or less?

Also, when transfering files like that, I have *severely* degraded Windows performance, almost so much that it's unbearable [and I'm not just picky ], taking into consideration that I have a brand new e6400 Core 2 Duo.

If these would be any help, here are my computer specs.

Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 @ 2.13ghz
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A:Solved: Poor Hard Drive Performance [help please!]

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Hi everyone

I was just wondeering if buying a second hard drive and installing the game onto that hard drive would improve load time of the game (Starwars Galaxies).

My current setup is:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating sys and game installed here
(2) None

New setup would be:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating system here
(2) 7200rpm 8mb cache (slave) <- game installed here

PC spec:
Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8Ghz
768MB PC2100 DDR RAM
GeForce FX 5700 256MB DDR

Do you think this would speed up the load time and game performance?

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My daughter's computer was infected with a virus that campus support helped eliminate. However performance has reduced drastically and we are getting hard disk error messages on a regular basis. I'd like to eliminate malware before moving on to hardware issues (I did post in the hd forum but the manufactrere utility requires floppy's and I don't have a 3.5 inch drive. drive).

log file is below with other documnts ttached:

DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Ashley at 23:27:23.26 on Tue 07/14/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18783 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.2037.901 [GMT -4:00]

AV: PC-cillin Internet Security - Virus Protection *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7D2296BC-32CC-4519-917E-52E652474AF5}
SP: PC-cillin Internet Security - Spyware Protection *enabled* (Updated) {003DD9A8-02A6-43CF-81BA-5D403CAD001E}
SP: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! *enabled* (Updated) {67844DAE-4F77-4D69-9457-98E8CFFDAA22}
SP: Windows Defender *disabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
FW: PC-cillin Internet Security - Firewall *enabled* {3E790E9E-6A5D-4303-A7F9-185EC20F3EB6}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
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Hi everyone

I was just wondeering if buying a second hard drive and installing the game onto that hard drive would improve load time of the game (Starwars Galaxies).

My current setup is:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating sys and game installed here
(2) None

New setup would be:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating system here
(2) 7200rpm 8mb cache (slave) <- game installed here

PC spec:
Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8Ghz
768MB PC2100 DDR RAM
GeForce FX 5700 256MB DDR

Do you think this would speed up the load time and game performance?

A:Improving game performance with second hard drive?

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Hey there,
I was currently in the chat earlier asking about this. I've had this issue for like 6-7 months now, and I've completely rebuilt my computer (save for the RAM) and still am dealing with it.
Basically, it takes little to put any of the drives at 100% usage, which I monitor in Windows 8 Task Manager. Benchmarks show how terrible things are with erratic spikes and drops in speeds going as low as 2MB/s. Loading times in games suffer greatly, the computer isn't exactly fun to use when an installation for something of significant size is being done or if there's a download going. 
Specs before upgrade:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 
MSI 970A G43
Radeon 7850
Rosewill 650w PSU
Specs after upgrade:
Intel Core i7 4770K
Gigabyte Z87-HD3
GTX 780
Corsair CX750 PSU
Hard drives:
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Western Digital Caviar Green 7200 2TB
All have performance issues. The 500GB and one of the 1TB drives have been tested and work great in other computers. Another thing to note is they perform better when they're secondary drives. As in, my 2TB which has Windows on it is the one that has the worst performance, but that would go for any drive that runs my OS.
I've tried different SATA cables, different power cord for the PC itself, different outlet, only one drive, two drives, three drives plugged in. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Pretty much everything th... Read more

A:Inexplicable Hard Drive Performance Issues

All 'spinners' have "performance issues". Try SSDs. You'll love 'em.

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So... My computer's Hard Drive failed a week or two ago so I had my computer repaired. This took a week to complete. Once I got my computer back I created some save points. After this was completed I downloaded what I had before it was repaired (because they had wiped everything). This included things such as Skype,Steam an Antivirus etc. I decided to play a game after everything was sorted (or so I believe) but I noticed that pretty much any game I played lagged a lot more than it would.

If anyone could help, it would be appreciated.

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Are 10,000 RPM hard drives a must for top game performance?

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The current hardware is available:

1 x 120GB
1 x 250GB
1 x 1TB
1 x 1TB

I intend to store my data on all of the HDDs but as the 1TBs are newer than the other smaller ones, their performance is also much better. So if I partition lets say one of the 1 TB HDDs like:

Partition 1 60GB - OS
Partition 2 860GB - DATA (ISOs, Pics, etc)

Will there be a significant performance decrease having an operating system and random data on the same HDD but on different partitions?

Thanks in advance guys.

A:Hard Drive Partitioning Performance Issues

That will depend to a large degree what you are doing with the data and how it is being accessed. OS and Data on the same physical drive is the usual setup. However, if you have the possibility to seperate it on 2 different physical drives, you may get a small performance gain. But in any case it is not going to be dramatic one way or the other.

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I upgraded everything in my computer except my hard drive and cd drive (which are both roughly 7 years old) I have a core 2 duo 2.33 gh processor, 3 gig ram, yet still it seems my computer has slow response time on most things. I always figured it was lack of ram but with the 3 gigs i have now im pretty sure that's not it. So my question is, could your hard drive actually slow down your computers response time? and anyway to check it with system tools?

I have antivirus, firewall, and spybot so I don't think it's software either..

A:Can hard drive slow down computer performance?

Hi! I have just built a new computer and I tested it just for the fun...had a 200Gb IDE HDD and a 200Gb SATA HDD (@ 3Gb/s) and the SATA is faster atleast if you install windows on a sata drive!

try it, and say what you think about it

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Vista 32 bit Home basic, bios;


Performance Options ?? what is the recommended best choice for PC

Visual effects settings for appearance/performance of windows?
1. let windows choose whats best
2. adjust for best appearance
3. adjust for best performance
or 4. custom

processor scheduling/ how to allocate processor resources of:
2. or background services?

virtual memory
1. what paging file size for all drives:
-what is recommended size?____________???

DEP protection/data execution prevention, *what is recommended setting?
1. turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only ?
2. turn on DEP for all programs and services except those i select?
(my computer's processor supports hardware-based DEP)

Portable External Hard Drive ????

Western digital elements 1.5TB desktop version portable external hard drive. intended use; - additional memory/storage space for laptop/PC's,
- complete system, drives files, documents, etc. & family computer storage, portable memory/storage also

Problem is that before initial data transfer was done, by 3rd party a seperate PC's files were transfered to the ext. hard drive.

No partitioning, formating, or allocation for additional storage memory was done -external hard drive now has 2 PC's data & all contents of external HD are in "folders", system shows as "hard drive",

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A:Ext hard drive ??? & pc performance recomd'd settings???

For your first question:
1. Let Windows choose
2. Leave it alone, don't touch
3. See #2
4. See #2

Second question:
1. I'm not quite sure what you are asking. Formatting a drive will erase the contents. However, if you've already backed up data to the drive, it should be fine. It was formatted already, prior to the data being moved to it.
2. Again, not sure what you are asking, but if the drive is already storing data, it is ready to be used.

Are you trying to repartition the external drive into one large solid drive letter? If so, you'll need to copy off all important data. If it already one solid large drive, leave it that way and use it. Ignore the comments about memory. Those are used (poorly) because most non-technies still can't differentiate between memory and hard drive space.

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The Problem:

When I start copying a file of roughly 100MB or more from my primary hard drive to a secondary one, or even if I'm copying it to itself, the copying progress bar zooms along at a normal rate. The little green blocks and the time remaining are what you'd expect. Then as it gets to a certain point, it slows down and down and down. The time remaining that might have been 5 seconds doubles and doubles and before you know it it's got several minutes remaining. What started out as a 5 or 10 second estimate, becomes a 7 minute estimate, and the file really does take more than a minute to copy.

I've ran some disk performance check tools and ran chkdsk and find no problems. The file copy never fails. It's not only file copy operations either, I've noticed that when viewing a video of for example 350MB, if I drag the position slider along in 1 or 2 minute amounts, then the video instantaneously starts playing from the new slider position. If I drag the slider beyond a certain point, it can take a good second or two before it manages to start playing from the new position.

Now to the background info that should answer any follow-up questions:

- The machine is a dual-core E6600 Intel box, so it's not slow.
- The "system idle" process is rarely ever under 98% during these operations.
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My first post so I hope everyone cuts me some slack... I read the overcloking prerequisites and I know the answers to the five basic overclocking questions... so I presume I qualify.

Anyway here goes...

I have an ASUS A7N266E MOBO currently running an Athlon XP 2100+ and it does OK. I happen to come in possession of an Athlon XP-M 266 2400+, a low power (35W 1.35V) version that I was going to use in a laptop ugrade project. (Actually worked quite well but that's another story...) Decided to sell the laptop and buy a new one instead so I figured I'd stick the XP-M in in my desktop. Not too familiar with the XP-M other than it's supposed to be a good overclocker and operates well at low voltages.

Well I swapped out my 2100+ for the XP-M 2400+. Set the bus speed in BIOS to the required 133/33 setting and the multiplier to the lowest setting of 6.5X and started benchmarking with SiSoft Sandra 2005 using the combined system benchmark. All goes well while upping the multiplier and once i reached a multiplier of about 9.5X it pretty well matched the 2100+ in performance, except for the file system benchmark. It was abysmal, like 20% of what I was getting with the 2100+. Kept upping the multiplier to 11X... all the performance benchmarks continue to climb with the exception of the file system benchmark. It's benching at 3192... down from 49576 with the 2100+. So why the big drop off in file system benchmarking? I guess I don't know exactly... Read more

A:Burning question regarding hard drive performance and overclocking

I'm not an AMD guy but since no one else is chiming in I'll give it a shot here. My first day here posting so cut me some slack <g> The XP-M 2400 is supposed to be a 2 GHz processor right? If the FSB is 266, then the core clock is 133. If you are just changing the multiplier and not the front side bus, then a multiplier of 11x times the core clock of 133MHz will give you a frequency of just over 1.4GHz. Your processor is running at 75%. That's why your benchmarks are low. The stock clock would need a multiplier of 15x to get to the 2GHz rating. You need to be raising the multiplier and the front side bus. Some people are getting to 12x 208mhz with a voltage push and good cooling. Your temp will also be affected by the wattage. I believe that CPU came with a 35W and 45W version. The lower wattage would equate to lower temps. But you have to ease them up one then the other. Take your time. And remember to lock your AGP/PCI frequencies at 66 and 33 or you'll get unstable. Also as you push the FSB you are also overclocking your memory. You may have to raise your memory timings and DIMM voltage. If you have a CLK Spread Spectrum setting in your BIOS disable it. Check this out. It's a couple years old but the facts are still relevant.


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I am looking for multiple 4 TB hard drives that have the performance of the WD Black series but also with business level longevity for a Work/Business/Gaming/Video&Audio editing computer that will be run 24/7.
SPECS: Ryzen 7 3800X | 48GB RAM | 11TB of data.

During my research so far it seems the drives I need to look at are 4 TB Enterprise level drives -not the NAS style but the others: Gold, Ultrastar, Exos, however it seems WD Gold, Ultrastar line are more prone to clicking and hard drive failures before the mfr -maybe it just one drive model across manufactures.

Would this one be better option?

Isn't this the same drive -most likely a renewed/refurbished state:


A:Is this a good longevity and performance level hard drive?

Backblaze Q1 2019 Hard Drive Failure Rates

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Hello all. I need some more space and I have a extra 1tb external hd. I want to turn my usb 3.0 external into a sata internal. Will this be the same performance as a regular internal drive with same specs(like if both are 7200rpm). Isn't it the same thing? Or external not made to be as good as internal drives?

A:External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

A hard drive will only run at a certain speed.

An external drive is used for storage, no reason for it to be super speedy.

If you want to take apart a perfectly good working external drive to gain a millisecond or 2 of speed, that is your choice.

USB 3.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III

Need more space, just buy another hard drive for the pc.

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I will be building a new system in the next few weeks and have a question about partitioning a hard drive. I have built several; the last had a 200 GB drive I set up as NTFS.

The system will have XP Professional and I will build the drive using NTFS. This will be an OS install on a new SATA-II drive.

Is there any performance gain if I partition the 640 GB drive into multiple partitions or am I better off leaving it as one with 600 GB net?

Is there an optimal partition size for NTFS bootable volumes?


A:Does partitioning a SATA hard drive improve performance?

There may, in fact, be a performance loss if there are too many partitions. And moving files, instead of just changing their "addresses" in the file table, involves the much longer process of actually copying that data between partitions.

But, they may be a minor gain if a Program Files folder is created on a second partition. It keeps data from the system drive, allowing for easier and faster defrags. I install small programs to the system drive, and large, encyclopedia-like ones to a separate partition.

With modern drives, it boils down largely to personal preference since their access times are very high. But just because partitioning is easy and fun, don't get carried away. Be reasonable, make partitions for a reason, and always consider data backup. Imaging smaller partitions may be easier, and some may need to be imaged less often if their contents change rarely.

On second and third drives, a small (1 GB) dedicated paging partition at the beginning can be helpful (FAT is fast).

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The other week, I had a new 500GB hard drive installed to supplement my 120GB hard drive. The 500GB drive has its own separate letter from the 120 GB drive. Windows and all my programs are on the 120GB drive, and all my files are on the 500GB drive. After the 500GB drive was installed, I moved all my files over to it and deleted them from my 120GB drive. I restarted my computer (the first restart with the new drive) and realized that it took almost two minutes or maybe more to start up, which was much slower than it had taken before the 500GB drive was installed. Also, once the computer booted up, it ran blazingly fast. I thought I probably needed to defragment my 120GB hard drive to speed starup, but that did not help at all. Does anybody have any advice?

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I recently reinstalled windows 7 on my Toshiba Satellite laptop  ( Intel Core I3,  4 gb ram).  Now the hard drive light is on nearly constant with a rare flash here and there and it is sluggish. It takes about 45 secs to 1 minute to launch a web browser for example and startup and shutdown are also very slow. .  I have installed all of the windows updates so it is now current.  There is bare minimum of programs installed.  I have defragmented the hard drive and checked it for any problems but it came back clean.  I also ran memtest and the memory shows no errors.   Any help with this would be appreciated. 

A:Hard drive light on constantly and sluggish performance

Have you tried running the Manufacture of the Hard Drive diagnostic software? I know you said you checked it but you didnt say how.

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Hi I have been looking at 2tb hard drives and am (once again) considering getting one.

I have always decided against it due to price and reliability. The prices have gotten semi affordable on them and I have found the best deal on hdd's is 2tb and up. They hover around $40-$50 per tb.

There reliability has seemed to have improved a little but there are still a lot of people complaining about hd failures.

If the smaller hard drives such as the 1tb have a SIGNIFICANT jump im reliability i might get one of them. I don't want to go that way because they are above the $40-$50 per tb rule

I will first start comparing the WD hdd's.

What is the difference between this one? $85 after code
Western Digital WD AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com
and this one $80 after code
Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com
besides the later one only has a 2 year warranty? They both seem to be a green drive.

I know this black caviar hdd is more reliable and has a nice 5yr warranty but it is $50 over my price range.
$150 no code available.
Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com

Next is the Seagate drives.
This one is $20 over my rule but it is a hybrid drive so i would still consider it. $120 after code
Newegg.com - Seagate Hybrid Drive... Read more

A:Comparing 2tb hard drives. WD vs Seagate

I own one of these but as a 1TB 2.5" model. Works well.

I have made some performance comparisons - see here.

I have made a little video booting a Linux system running under VMware Player. That system happened to be on the SSHD. Should give you an impression of the speed which I think is pretty good considering that the SSHD is in an external enclosure.

The faint noises you hear in the background is my webradio what was running but not really recorded because I had not set up the recorder for that.

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Hello and thank you in advance for your assistance.

A week ago, I noticed that my PC was suddenly performing drastically slower than normal and my hard drive was active 10x more than usual. So I updated my virus & malware scanners, restarted in safe mode, and ran Ccleaner, ATF cleaner, McAfee virus scan, SuperAntiSpyware, and Malwarebytes. None of the scanners revealed anything suspicious. But, when I restarted the PC in normal mode, the sluggishness persisted.

Also, I use Zone Alarm as my firewall and I've been getting an alert that I've never had before that reads, "Macrovision Software Manager Agent is trying to access the Internet":
Identification: Unknown
Application: agent.exe
Destination IP: 1809 ***(and the port number changes with each request for internet access)***

Oh yea... I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600) with automatic updates on. And McAfee VirusScan Version 99.9.99 with Realtime File Scanning On.

Thank you for your time.

A:Sudden sluggish performance & increased hard drive activity

This link has some information about Software Manager:http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=172760

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I notice some hard drives with larger buffers or really big capacities have slower RPM (e.g. 5400). Is the RPM not important or something?

BTW since there's lots of people with actual problems posting on this forum, is there anything I should put in the title to make clear my questions aren't urgent?

A:Curious about which part of hard drive has bigger impact on performance

I would say: for low boot-up times, RPM matter a lot since the buffer needs to be loaded from scratch. But after that, the buffer matters a lot. Of course, what also matters is the data-transfer speed depending on the type of connection and the read/write properties of the hard drive.

So well, the RPM is in fact important, but hardly noticeable "on the short run." Those extra seconds spent booting and loading files etc will eventually become minutes and maybe hours of your life spent just waiting for something to happen.

Lowering the RPM is thus an excellent way of reducing the price of big-storage drives of big-buffer drives.

And what matters the most on the long run, is probably the capacity of the drive. Filling it up too soon is never good for anyone

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PC Specs and history:
AMD Athlon 64 2400
1gb memory(2 matching 512mb)
ATI Radeon 9800 256 (not pro)
WD Caviar SE 160 GB EIDE (Recently purchased; old Hard Drive bit the dust)

Hard-drive clicks: during games my Hard Drive clicks and video freezes, sometimes sounds will continue as normal, and other times it will loop. Regardless, after several moments it will unfreeze and either it will continue as normal or it will give me reruns of the problem.

Bad PC Performance: The performance, since I have returned has took a nose dive, what used to run at maximum settings flawlessly (BF2) now runs at low settings with roller-coaster performance. The loading of any process, Windows XP, games, photoshop, takes longer than usual.

Monitor Shutdown: During startup, after the BIOS screen, the monitor will turn off and on.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Hard-drive clicks + Bad PC Performance + Monitor Shutdowns during startup

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This is just an interesting bit of information that might be good to know. I have an older Compaq desktop computer here with USB 1.1 ports. I plugged in my thumb drive to install a program. Later, I began to back up the customer's data to another hard disk. The file copy process was painfully slow and, after several hours, I began to wonder why.

I removed the thumb drive and the copy process speeded by a factor of at least four or five.

I've never noticed any slowness when this thumb drive was connected to a USB 2.0 port so I am thinking that having this thumb drive connected to the slower 1.1 port has a lot to do with how fast this thing copies files.

To be clear, the thumb drive was not being used; it was just connected.

A:Thumb drive slows hard disk performance, significantly.

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Hi guys and girls,

My laptop has recently started acting horribly! It takes about an hour to boot windows, and even then, it isn’t always fully booted. Typical windows icons in the corner by the clock don’t always load – the network, volume, and battery icons, for instance - but this is the least of my worries. The hard drive is much noisier than it used to be. It isn’t making scary scratching or thunking noises, but it does sound a little like a typewriter while it is booting Windows. After Windows is loaded, it quiets down a bit. Also, for the first couple hours the computer is on, the hard drive light is on steadily. It will eventually flash on and off (normally) after I’ve been on the computer a while or restarted it from hibernation.

I’ve run a few diagnostics on my hard drive and find it to be physically healthy. I ran scans using Seatools for DOS and everything came up clean. Also, when I’m in DOS, I don’t hear the tapping sounds from my hard drive.

Because this computer is going on 3 years old and I tote it around and use it daily, I would imagine all of these problems point to imminent hard drive failure, but I wonder if it may be a virus issue that isn’t getting caught by my Norton 360 scans. All of these problems started after I accidently (and stupidly) downloaded some malware in an effort to help a coworker. I thought I cleared them away immediately, but this all started happening on the very next reboot.

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A:Virus causing noisy hard drive and slow performance?

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Just want some opinions on which is the better brand, Western Digital or Maxtor.

I am looking at a 160 gig WD as opposed to a 200 gig Maxtor. WD is at Office Depot for $29.99 after rebate, the Maxtor is $49.99 after rebate, so the price diff is not that much.

I have already been told that Seagate is the best as well.

Thanks for your input!


A:Solved: Comparing Hard Drives by Manufacturer

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Hello. I am putting together a computer using hardware from a couple older ones. I need some help comparing the video cards, I’ve tried online, but got lost.

One of the computers is HP Pavilion 542 with has a mobo (which will be the mobo I am using for the ‘new’ computer) with an integrated video, the specs page I got off the hp web site refers to the chipset name as “Nvidia nForce 220D”, the mobo btw is a “MSI M-6367”. Currently it has a video card plugged into it that I bought off eBay which may or may not be better than the integrated (when I bought it I assumed the integrated was crap), the card it has in it is a Geforce 2 mx-400 with 64mb. The other computer currently has a card I bought in 2002 that was of good quality then, it’s a Geforce TI 4200 with 64 mb. Any help anyone can give on which of these video opinions are best would be greatly appreciated, again, they are:

Nvidia nForce 220D (intergrated)
Geforce 2 MX-400 with 64 mb (AGP)
Geforce TI 4200 with 64mb (AGP)

A:Hard Time Comparing Video Cards

The Geforce TI4200 64MB.

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In task manager performance tab show my hard drive always in active 100% that slow my pc, so far my antivirus scanned result no viruses.
How to view what cause the hard drive active 100% all the time and fix the problem?

A:In task manager performance tab show my hard drive always in active 100% that slow

Check Resource Monitor to see what processes are reading/writing to the HDD the most and hopefully this will show who the culprit is.

To open resource monitor follow this tutorial - Resource Monitor

Hope This Helps,

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Hello all, I made a post regarding the performance/failing of one of my hard drives

The conclusion we came to has unfortunately not resolved my problem and I am beginning to think my Power Supply may be the culprit


Before I go into details here is my current Hardware:

Q6600 @ 3.0GHZ
6GB PC2 6400 800mhz (2x 2gb/2x 1gb)
Nvidia GTX 275 896mb (requires 2x 6 pin power adapters)
Asus Xonar 7.1 soundcard (requires floppy power adapters)
Windows 7 x64
Jeantech 1000W PSU (modular PSU. 4 PCI-E nodes and 8 nodes for other devices...)
500gb HDD (operating system)
1tb HDD (data)
1tb HDD (data)
2tb HDD (data - added recently)
My original problem (in brief)

Upon accessing certain files in one of my 1TB drives, I hear a distictive "click/lockup/halt" sound and then the entire system crashes (first the drive will become inaccessible, then windows explorer will crash, followed by the mouse and eventually a BSOD after a minute)
I bought a new 2TB a month ago to replace what then I thought was a failing 1TB drive. Since, the problems have become "random" and happen across all four drives (1tb, 1tb, 500gb, 2tb)

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A:Faulty power supply affect hard drive/computer performance?

a 1000Watt shouldn't have any problem coping with the components that you have, i would recommend that u borrow a power supply from a friend and try it out on your computer, maybe the power supply is old and is not supplying proper voltages on all the rails....

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have two partitions on my C: drive that I believe are very similar after I did a recovery due to a SSD failure. Is there a way to compare two separate partitions in the new SSD?

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 Would like to know if any one is aware of a program that will automatically compare two different usb thumb drives contents.
I am trying to consolidate files and delete duplicates quickly on as few drives as possible.

A:Comparing 2 thumb drive contents

I use FreeFileSync. You need to be careful of the settings for syncing or you can overwrite your files.

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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My lenovo Thinkpad Yoga S1 wont boot at all I've tried unplugging the battery,etc The only way I can get the computer to boot is when I unplug the hard drive then it boots into boot manager I've tried to reset bios without any luck The last thing I did was update my bios before it wouldn't boot anymore  any ideas?

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