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WD 640 Black access time ????

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February 5, 2010 4:53:59 PM

I just purchased a WD640Black from the egg. I was wondering if I made a bad purchase? It has a fresh install of Win7 ,and just my games, all drivers are up-to-date. It gets really sluggish accessing data in a timely manner. Even when I am just opening a media folder. My usage is mostly Gaming/Movie Editing. Should I just buy a new Seagate 7200.2 500gb or F3 500gb? I like WD but the last three I had are sluggish (2) 250GB Blue's and now the 640gb Black. Would partitioning the drive, speed up my data access time? I run a single partion drive with restore off. Is this bad? In essence I am holding all my eggs in one basket.

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a b G Storage
February 5, 2010 5:58:08 PM

What cpu, memory, vid card are you using. those can make a big difference on how "fast" a hard drive appears to be.
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February 5, 2010 6:03:26 PM

This is supposed to be the fastest drive in its category. It uses 2x 320GB platters for 640GB instead of 2x 250GB platters for 500GB. This allows for a higher data density per platter and as a result the read/write head travels a shorter distance which takes less time.

When did you order yours from NewEgg? They have been sold out for a while. Even worse, the customer service representantive I contacted today reported that they will not be in stock for 6-8 weeks.
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a c 115 G Storage
February 5, 2010 7:51:35 PM

The 640 by WD mighta been one of the fastest in class when it came out....but it's 320 GB platters falls to the 500 GB platter used by the 7200.12 and the F3.

Beware of statements like "this drive is the fastest" as invariably it's a false statement. More aptly put, "this drive is the fastest at [insert task name here] at this task". Check the performance Charts under the Storage section on the THG home page.
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February 5, 2010 9:14:26 PM

JackNaylorPE, I just can't keep up.

Are you saying that the 7200.12 and F3 use a single 500GB platter?

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February 5, 2010 9:47:10 PM

sturm said:
What cpu, memory, vid card are you using. those can make a big difference on how "fast" a hard drive appears to be.




X4 940@3.55,Asus m3a78-cm, 8gb ddr2@800,4870 1gb 256-bit gddr5@790/1015
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February 5, 2010 9:48:07 PM

jamescone said:
This is supposed to be the fastest drive in its category. It uses 2x 320GB platters for 640GB instead of 2x 250GB platters for 500GB. This allows for a higher data density per platter and as a result the read/write head travels a shorter distance which takes less time.

When did you order yours from NewEgg? They have been sold out for a while. Even worse, the customer service representantive I contacted today reported that they will not be in stock for 6-8 weeks.


I purchased it 2 weeks ago
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February 6, 2010 12:30:12 AM

jamescone said:
JackNaylorPE, I just can't keep up.

Are you saying that the 7200.12 and F3 use a single 500GB platter?



Exactly. A F3 or 7200.12 500GB drive will use one platter making it faster than the two 320GB platter WD640GB
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February 6, 2010 3:20:05 AM

Best answer selected by lowjack989.
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February 6, 2010 3:25:14 AM

jamescone said:
This is supposed to be the fastest drive in its category. It uses 2x 320GB platters for 640GB instead of 2x 250GB platters for 500GB. This allows for a higher data density per platter and as a result the read/write head travels a shorter distance which takes less time.

When did you order yours from NewEgg? They have been sold out for a while. Even worse, the customer service representantive I contacted today reported that they will not be in stock for 6-8 weeks.

I'll sell it to you for my cost which was $69.95+ shipping USD only. only 18 days old, I am gonna get an 7200.12 500gb
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a c 115 G Storage
February 21, 2010 7:29:10 PM

jamescone said:
JackNaylorPE, I just can't keep up.

Are you saying that the 7200.12 and F3 use a single 500GB platter?


And what gets weirder is that the 750 uses 2 platters w/ only 3/4 of the platters used to write data.
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a b G Storage
February 21, 2010 8:25:58 PM

The 750 uses 3 heads - 2 platters, but one of the two platters only uses one surface.
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