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Internal HDD transfer speeds.....Whats normal?

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December 14, 2010 9:59:36 PM

Hello,

I have two sata drives and I copied and pasted a pictures folder between the drives that was 10.2 gig, The transfer speed was 12.2mb/s........I thought that was very slow. Both drives are 7200 rpm SATA.

Please advise if this is normal.

All Bois, and firmware is up to date.

Thanks for any input, System info below.

System Summary

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Drive Serial Number K36A2464019
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Chipset AMD RS780/RS880
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a b G Storage
December 14, 2010 11:17:50 PM

Western Digital's technical specifications show the WD2001FASS
as capable of 138 Megabytes per second, host to/from drive, sustained.

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/287...


Also, these graphs were done by an independent third party:

http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/io.tests/platter.tran...

... where speed is directly proportional to track circumference
(because during WRITEs, the read/write heads strive to maintain
the same or similar recording density from outermost to innermost tracks)


So, there is either something wrong with your measuring method,
or there is something wrong with your system.


Try ATTO and/or HDTune on each HDD separately.


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December 15, 2010 12:22:37 AM

That can be normal if the folder contained lots of small files. If it was 20 500MB files, I would be concerned, but if it was 10,000 1MB files, I would kind of expect that due to the overhead of copying each file. Do run HDTach or HDTune just to chech, but there may be nothing wrong. I've had similar results when copying a vast amount of small files.
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December 15, 2010 10:53:05 AM

Thanks for the response.

It was about 4500 files so I am hoping you are right. I will test the drives the way you suggest.

I can try to copy a single large file and get speeds off of that transfer.

Happy Holidays!

Thanks again!
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December 15, 2010 3:22:00 PM

rjkleiner said:
I have two sata drives and I copied and pasted a pictures folder between the drives that was 10.2 gig, The transfer speed was 12.2mb/s........I thought that was very slow. Both drives are 7200 rpm SATA.
Are you sure that you were copying between your two physical drives and not between two "drive letters" that are actually partitions on the same physical drive? If you did the latter then you should expect slow transfer rates because the drives' access heads are being forced to seek back-and-forth between the two partitions.
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