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Isn't the end of the drive supposed to be faster?

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February 21, 2005 7:12:26 PM

Hi,
I got my Maxline III (16MB, 300GB, 3 platters) and partitioned it: 250GB (files) and 30GB (OS and apps), 20 GB are wasted on the 1024=1000 rule. I first created the 250GB partition, copied files and then made a fresh install on the remaining 30, so I'm assuming that the OS partition is at the end of the drive.

But Sandra says that the larger partition gives 49MB/S and the smaller 31MB/S. Nero's HD Speed tests returnes 61MB/S for the 250 and 33MB/S for the 30.

How's that?

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February 22, 2005 12:55:02 AM

Seems to me the first partition created is towards the outside of the disk/s...this is the part that has more speed per revolution, hence your readings.

....WW (5.0)
February 22, 2005 12:05:42 PM

If you want your 30gig boot part to be faster, do the reverse of what you did.

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February 22, 2005 12:11:46 PM

Crap, that's impossible now, I have not drive to back up the data, nor the patience to reinstall everything again.

And why would partitioning start at the end of the drive? I thought it was like CDs/DVDs...

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February 22, 2005 12:18:14 PM

Hard drives are designed to use the outer limits of the platters first, giving the max speed possible for your os and apps installed first.

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February 23, 2005 9:56:13 AM

whoa, never knew that. I always thought as the thread starter did.

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February 23, 2005 12:35:02 PM

Heh heh....that's why if you have two drives on seperate channels create a small partition on the second one for the swap file...

....WW (5.0)
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February 23, 2005 3:42:02 PM

How small is small? :smile:

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February 23, 2005 9:43:47 PM

The drive begins at the outer edge and since it has more sectors per cylinder at the same rotational speed it reads the data faster.

Optical drives often have to slow down to read from or write to the outer edges.

You can use a utility like partion magic to delete your OS partion, shift the 250 GB one, then create a new OS partion at the beginning of the drive.

Depending on how much room you have on the 250, you can shrink the 250 by 30 gb, and use Ghost to copy the OS partion to the beginning of the drive.

With some versions of ghost you may need to start an XP install then stop it when it starts to copy files, before you can Ghost over an existing XP installation. Otherwise all the files are there, but the OS won't boot?
February 23, 2005 11:14:44 PM

Quote:
How small is small?

I use 4GB for a 2GB swap file...

....WW (5.0)
February 24, 2005 12:28:22 AM

How much faster is the last GB then the first? (distance from center of platter-wise)
shouldn't be too difficult to calc if I knew R and r of the platter and cylinder.

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February 24, 2005 2:29:56 AM

On my 74 GB Raptor its 71.8 MB/sec - 53.9 MB/sec.

On a 300 GB Maxtor MaXLine III its 65.7 MB/sec - 37.2 MB/sec
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February 24, 2005 10:10:02 AM

Thanks :smile:

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February 24, 2005 8:45:29 PM

In a HDD, heads are parked outside the platters, so you have faster access time from theoutside edge.

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