Ive beein running benchmarks on my HD and comparing with friends. Under logical becnhmarks all the hardrives are operating comparably to hardware, the same. However when it comes to physical benchmarks my hardrive is absolutely horrible! Friends with ATA100 score around 20x better! I score around 7.2MB/s SERIOUSLY! Although I have only ATA66 the difference shouldnt be that big! What gives!?!?
WD HD ATA66 7200RPM 2MB cache
Athlon "classic" 600MHz
128MB PC100 ECC CL3
S3 Viper II
VS. friends computer
IBM Deskstar 30-some GB ATA100 7200RPM
128MB Crucial PC133 CL2
V5 5500 AGP 64MB DDR running on AGP4x
Yes im using right cables and drive is operating at 66 b/c i chcked with diagnostics disk that came with the HD.
Your friend is using an IBM 75GXP, which has a max data transfer rate of 37MB/s. There aren't any other IDE drive out there that can compete with it. That still doesn't explain why your is <b>so</b> slow though. Do you have the latest ATA66 drivers from FIC? Is your HD full. If you're reading from the end of the drive then 7.2MB/s isn't that slow.
If Windows isn't lagging and programs are taking forever to load- i wouldn't worry about it. Also, your buddy has a pretty damn fast CPU compared to a classic Athlon 600... ATA-100 and a 900mhz t-bird could make a BIG difference in benchmarks.
I thought performance increases towards the end of the platter? Much like the speed of a propellar. The outside is travelling faster than the inside, thus wouldn't the performance increase? Just curious (I've said this before to others so I want to get make sure that I'm telling them correctly).