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Performance Adversely Affected by Hard Drive Size?


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#1 maximianusherculius

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:10 AM

I have 240 gb hard drive. Would my programs open considerably faster using a 30 or 40gb hard drive. I really do not need all that space. I am more interested in performance than storage.
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:21 AM

is it IDE or SATA? in all reality, I notice little to no performance loss from larger hard drives. perhaps slightly faster seek times, but even there using smaller partitions will do the same thing as a smaller hard drive.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:35 AM

So it all comes down to RAM then?

I do not know if I have IDE or SATA. Is it tedius to find out?

Edited by maximianusherculius, 05 February 2010 - 12:35 AM.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:37 AM

Speaking in simple terms, over time, hard drives became bigger, but faster at the same time, so it makes things pretty much even.
In any case, we're talking miliseconds here, so....who'll notice.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:40 AM

I see. I am not to worried about it then. I thought maybe if I went to a much smaller drive that some of my security programs like MBAM might open in 1 second instead of 4 or 5 seconds.

Edited by maximianusherculius, 05 February 2010 - 12:41 AM.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:47 AM

In that case, hard drive speed doesn't have much to do with it.
It's more about your processor speed, amount/type of RAM and general cleanness of your computer.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:48 AM

Your computer specs look very good, but you have to realize, that some programs take more time to open, than others. Nothing strange here.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:49 AM

ya, reality of it is the best way to improve hard drive performance would be a raid setup which would basically be linking 2 identical hard drives together, to put it simply. fast CPU and lots of ram is more important there. I only use a single 500 GB hard drive and it performs plenty fast.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:50 AM

Well, in that case, I am in pretty good shape.

I am one of those types of users that prefer lightning fast responses, via a click of the mouse, when possible. Who doesn't, right?
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:53 AM

Right.
Simply recall any computer, you had 10 years ago, maybe being on dial-up and you'll feel better :thumbsup:

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