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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    so all in all if i get another 500gb hdd, make the first partition 100gb and install OS and some games in their? that will make it faster then a raptor?

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Having correctly aligned partitions is also important , but thats more of a SAN/Virtual Disk thing
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick View Post
    Having correctly aligned partitions is also important , but thats more of a SAN/Virtual Disk thing
    hehe what do you mean?

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    my Virtualisation Blog http://jfvi.co.uk Virtualisation Podcast http://vsoup.net

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    so all in all if i get another 500gb hdd, make the first partition 100gb and install OS and some games in their? that will make it faster then a raptor?
    if you forget RAID and just use the drive partition, and MAKE SURE ITS THE FIRST PARTITION YOU MAKE, it will be similar to a Raptor for the first stuf (OS install etc) and as it becomes more "full" it'll not slow down in the same way a Raptor does as yu'll never get anywhere near the inner parts of the platter. Those willbe the other 400 gig of drive for your data/films/music/photo's etc

    Well...that's my experience so far

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Not wanting to throw the thread too off topic, but adding dense RAM to laptops generally saps battery life.
    Any links or more info ? Not something I was aware of.
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    if you forget RAID and just use the drive partition, and MAKE SURE ITS THE FIRST PARTITION YOU MAKE, it will be similar to a Raptor for the first stuf (OS install etc) and as it becomes more "full" it'll not slow down in the same way a Raptor does as yu'll never get anywhere near the inner parts of the platter. Those willbe the other 400 gig of drive for your data/films/music/photo's etc

    Well...that's my experience so far

    ahh i see so there realy is not a reason to shell out so much money on a raptor hdd. i'l give this a go when i buy a second hdd and see if it works. so is the first partition ALWAYS the stuff that goes in the outside of the platter?

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    Well this intrigues me too.

    I thought two platters, two head readers...bound to be faster. But nope...not so far for me. Single platter drives (which I guess are denser if we compare max disk capacity as being similar) seem faster.
    Yeah, it is a bit wierd. Number of platters makes little difference to read speeds if the data density is the same per platter.

    The density itself seems to have a huge impact on read speeds though.

    A sweet OS drive will be those samsung 333Gb single platter drives when they materialise (same as the 1Tb F1 drives but without the pricetag, I hope)

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    Quote Originally Posted by F1ZZY View Post
    A sweet OS drive will be those samsung 333Gb single platter drives when they materialise (same as the 1Tb F1 drives but without the pricetag, I hope)
    when and where?

    That intrigues me

    The Seagate 160 gig drives have been sinlge platters and they are damn fast.

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    It's worth noting that only the 1TB F1 is on 333GB Platters. The 750GB version is said to be 3x250GB. Western Digital has also announced 320GB platters, and and I am one of many who are waiting to see who will first release the first 640GB drive (2 platter).

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    its for this reason why i have my 2nd partition as Photoshop Scratch

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by masscrazy View Post
    Drive C, E, G and H are WDAAKS 500gig. Drive S is Maxtor dont know which one. Drive T is Hitachi Deskstar. Windows Vista give HDD transfer speed a 5.8.




    Are these number any good?
    Hi, just a quick note. i have 2 pata hdd's and one sata 32mb catch 7200.11 seagate 500gb hdd. with this sata hdd i just made one partition for it and use it has a media files hdd. when i fired up nero just a min ago it indicated that the speed of this hdd is a whopping 95k+ whilist my others are around 40!

    edit: im also runing my sata hdd on sata1 speed not the ful sata2 speeds that this drive can take because of my mobo.

    here we go i got a pic of it the low speed hdd you see below is my usb connected one.

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Barracuda SATA drive's are fast....always have been. But pls bear in mind while Nero is good....it's not infallible and it's only a guide to speed.

    However....if you partitioned that drive to use about 80gig of it (first partition) for the OS, you'd have a lightning fast boot drive...

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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    what would be a better tool to check my river speeeds? so roughly my barracuda sata drive is around 80-90 then?

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    This is a good read for those more interested in partitioning strategy

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