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OS running in slow HDD

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March 7, 2012 11:38:40 PM

CPU: E6750 (upgrading to quad core any day now)
GPU: HD 6950
RAM: 4GB
MB: EP45-UD3L
PSU: 650W

I never thought much about this until recently, but when I first built my system 4 years ago, I bought this drive to run my OS http://3btech.net/whlamadate80.html. Almost all of my gaming files are installed in the faster WD1001FALS 1TB, which does not have a OS installed. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Using win7's performance tool, my primary hard drive has by far the lowest score of 5.4.

I have noticed that sometimes my computer would pause for maybe a few seconds. This is especially annoying in some games. My question is: would making the WD1001FALS 1TB my main drive raise my score and, more importantly, improve the overall performance? Thanks.

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a c 265 G Storage
March 7, 2012 11:43:28 PM

Your links are broken.
Changing hard drives will make some difference if the first drive is 5400rpm compared to a 7200rpm, whether it is noticeable or not I am not sure.
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March 8, 2012 12:04:07 AM

Hmm... wonder why the links are broken. I'll just list the specs.

My main drive is a White Label Magnetic Data HDDR-WHLB-80-7200-8.
Specifications:

Capacity: 80GB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA/150
Buffer Size: 8 MB
Average Read Seek Time: 9.0 ms
Average Write Seek Time: 10.9 ms

The second hard drive is a WD model WD1001FALS. From newegg:

Interface
SATA 3.0Gb/s

Capacity
1TB

RPM
7200 RPM

Cache
32MB
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a c 265 G Storage
March 8, 2012 10:11:51 AM

The WD is a bit faster but I am not sure it would be a noticeable difference.
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