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Any Hard Drive Performance tips?
« on: April 27, 2003, 06:09:31 PM »
Well I was just doing some benchmarking on my system, and one thing that kinda interested me is that I have some very slow hard drive points.  I ran Sandra 2003 and for my single Maxtor ATA133 7200rpm 2mb cache drive I was getting 19000 kbs.  Now I ran the same test on my old man's machine and he scored 22000 kbs, and when we put in his new maxtor 80 gb 7200 rpm 8mb cache drive he got 34000 on that.  I've done all the defragging and enabled udma 66 through the registry for winXP (since its disabled by default).  Still the best I can muster is 19000, and my dad's machine did 22000 first try.  Anybody have any ideas that I can try?  My drive and his first test drive are identical, same model, same specs.  
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Re: Any Hard Drive Performance tips?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2003, 01:12:57 AM »
One thing that can make a huge difference is motherboards. . . are they both the same?  Intel or Via Chipsets?

If you're comparing a Intel chipset against a Via, most likely Via will come out the loser.  (from my observation anyway).

Also to optimize performance, increase the cluster size.  Larger cluster size will increase performance, but it will also create more wasted space.  If you want a balance, I'd suggest a 16K cluster size.
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Re: Any Hard Drive Performance tips?
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2003, 04:07:18 AM »
The chipsets are VIA for my dad's machine, and Nforce 2 for my machine.  As for increasing the cluster size, is that when I partition the drive, or format?  Or is there another way of doing that without losing data?
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Re: Any Hard Drive Performance tips?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2003, 05:52:42 AM »
I have used partition magic 8 to change cluster sizes with out losing data but a good idea to back up first just in case and you dont have to format the hard drive i really like this proggy seems to do what ppl want i havent had any problems with it at all but there always could be so do so at your risk lol....not to scare you heh

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Re: Any Hard Drive Performance tips?
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2003, 01:24:07 AM »
I agree with Seeker.

If you know anyone who owns Partition Magic 8, you can get them to make a some boot disks.  All the power of Partiton Magic can be saved onto a couple of floppy disks.  It's very easy to use.

That is strange though that the nForce is performing slower by default. . . strange stuff.  On my KT400 chipset mobo, my HD Scores in SiSoft are just over 44,000. . . but then again I'm running a couple of 40GB WD 8MB cache drives in RAID 0.  ;D

Another program you might want to look at to get more "real world" testing results is HDTach.  It can be downloaded direct by clicking here.
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Re:Any Hard Drive Performance tips?
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2003, 06:45:31 PM »
Another factor is Fat32 verses NTFS....There is a difference.
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