I am having issues with poor disk performance on a Toshiba Satellite 1000 laptop. I want to see if there is anything I can do to improve performance since nobody seems to make PATA hard drives anymore. Failing hard drives that Windows has forced into PIO mode still perform better than this drive, which appears to be in good condition.
The hard drive is a Toshiba MK1517GAP, which is running in DMA mode and doesn't show any signs that it is failing. I think it is just a slow drive. I don't know where to start to try to make this computer faster. Most of the time I spend trying to use this computer is taken up by me waiting for something to access the hard drive.
If there is no way to make it faster, I want to find a source for a better drive. It looks like eBay is the only place I can get these old drives. I don't think it is even worth it to upgrade such an old computer, but it has some hardware features that make me want to keep it.