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

    Morning all. just a quick question. i've ordered a 250gb hdd for my laptop and was wondering if this Theory works on laptop hdd's? if so do i simply create two partitions? first one being the actual OS partition?

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

    All mechanical disks should have a similar addressing system, so yes.
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Is this really worth doing?
    I have a 500GB WD AAKS that should arrive tomorrow...
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    on a 250gb drive. how much space should the first partition(OS) be?

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

    Fat 32 partitions deliver data faster than NTFS partitions. So it should give a double benefit using the first 32gb of your drive for your OS formatted as FAT32.
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    How much faster?

    I'd rather stick with NTFS myself.
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Its no where near as much as people think.

    Besides, you'd be insane to be using FAT32 on the huge drives we have today.
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    Its no where near as much as people think.

    Besides, you'd be insane to be using FAT32 on the huge drives we have today.
    Its only a percent of two faster. Using it for the first 32gb wouldnt be a problem. I certainly would not want the whole drive formatted in FAT32.
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    I wouldn't want *any* of my drive formatted FAT32. I just can't see the point
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Interesting...

    Have some more data:

    This is a now 3.5 year old PATA 200Gb 7200rpm 8Mb cache Maxtor drive with a windows install that's just as old. The disk manager shot is to show the order of the partitions, which I only really did to keep the windows install away from everything else.



    Re-testing varies the numbers but the system partition is always faster than the larger one.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TooNice View Post
    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).
    so to use zaks partition, just forma the os has 333gb?

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

    Whats the best way to format a 1Tb Samsung F1, bearing in mind that this will be in an external eSata casing and that I will not be booting from this.

    3 equal partitions? or some other config?
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    Try using HDTach to get a profile of how the access rates deteriorate as you get further 'into' the disk. That is the best way to determine the best positions, in my opinion.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosaline View Post
    Try using HDTach to get a profile of how the access rates deteriorate as you get further 'into' the disk. That is the best way to determine the best positions, in my opinion.
    Here's my HDTach & HDTune - taken from 1Tb Samsung F1 in an external Icy Box 390 enclosure connected to my XPS M1530 via eSata expresscard.



    I'm not really sure what I should be looking for in this to help me set the partitions right (bearing in mind I won't be booting from this and it will be a data drive only). Recommendations / Advise more than welcome...
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    Re: How to Speed up your Hard Disk :-) (Zak's Partition Theory)

    I don't have HDTach on here, but I think there might be a setting change available to get more readings, and hence a more clear trendline.

    What sort of data are you intending to use the drive for? If it is just for regular storage of assorted files, then there is little real point in following Zak's guide. The benefit only really comes when you require extremely rapid access to some files, such as with an operating system or with heavy video and music editing work.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosaline View Post
    I don't have HDTach on here, but I think there might be a setting change available to get more readings, and hence a more clear trendline.

    What sort of data are you intending to use the drive for? If it is just for regular storage of assorted files, then there is little real point in following Zak's guide. The benefit only really comes when you require extremely rapid access to some files, such as with an operating system or with heavy video and music editing work.

    Mainly Vmware, creating DVD video files (transferred from MiniDV using Sony Vegas) & as a backup for data from my desktop machine.
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