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How much speed increase will 2 hard drives be?

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#1 Silhorn


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 09:35 PM



I've got a single 7200 RPM hard drive right now on this pc running windows.


I have got another spare 7200 RPM hard drive. I was thinking about wiping both hard drives and installing windows on one and programs on the other. Will this give me a performance increase? Mostly interested in windows startup times. 

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 10:04 PM

You wouldn't see a significant difference. Having applications on the same drive doesn't affect Windows startup times. You could notice a slight improvement at times by having the swapfile on a second drive, but whether that's noticeable depends mainly on how much RAM the system has. If RAM is adequate, swapfile usage is limited.

By far the greatest improvement in Windows and application load times comes from changing to a solid state drive. These days I hate going back to using a computer with a regular hard drive.
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