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How to test HDD?

Postposted on Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:10 am

I feel like my new WD 1TB HDD is slower than the HDDs on my Toshiba laptop that I got over 4 years ago. And it's supposed to be SATA 6Gb/s. Is there any way to test if the HDD is functioning in full capability?
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Re: How to test HDD?

Postposted on Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:29 am

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Re: How to test HDD?

Postposted on Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:56 am

What series of drive is it? If it is a Caviar Green, then it is optimized for low noise and power usage, not for speed. Many of the Green drives also use something called "advanced format", which can significantly reduce performance if installed on a Windows XP system without doing a "partition alignment" operation.
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Re: How to test HDD?

Postposted on Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:17 pm

It's the black series and just out of curiosity/ignorance, do these "enthusiast" motherboards work differently than big company pre-made desktops? This is my first time building a custom desktop so I figured the delay is all normal (since it's OCed unlike pre-made desktops).

And I'm sorry I didn't clarify by "slower". I meant the time it takes to go from the login screen to fully loaded win7 screen. The number of processes isn't too different but it seems like it takes quite a bit longer than it did on my laptop. Otherwise everything is faster as it should be.
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Re: How to test HDD?

Postposted on Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:26 pm

Just a few additional things loading at startup/login can make a huge difference if they cause the disk to thrash.
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Re: How to test HDD?

Postposted on Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:56 am

For a new install you will need to give Superfetch some time to settle down and do its magic. Your laptop is probably already optimized.
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Re: How to test HDD?

Postposted on Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:34 pm

Yes, Superfetch will probably help over time, and you should give it a dozen or so boots to optimize itself. But there are all sorts of things that can happen between login and the desktop that can hang things up, and most of them are only incidental to HD speed. So if the benchmark programs listed earlier don't show anything amiss with your disk hardware and configuration (PIO vs DMA mode, etc), you'll want to look into what you've got running at startup (background apps, services, "drivers" for all-in-one printers or optical drives, other 3rd party bloatware). You also might be encountering a hang due to network log-ins, unreachable network drive shares that Windows is trying to reconnect, etc.
Turiel wrote:I feel like my new WD 1TB HDD is slower than the HDDs on my Toshiba laptop that I got over 4 years ago. And it's supposed to be SATA 6Gb/s. Is there any way to test if the HDD is functioning in full capability?
I'm not sure if you meant it that way,but you realize that the SATA standard isn't going to make any perceptible difference with an HD (bursts from cache might be faster, but that has a trivial effect; the actual transfer rate from the HD wasn't going to saturate 3Gb/s SATA either)
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