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  • How would I get higher marks for HDD performance?

    So far my CPU & Mem are 7.3

    my Graphics & 3D are 6.9

    but my HDD is only 5.9, they are 3.0gb sataII and have 32mb cache, 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda drive, and I have tried installing a RAID 0(2drv) but that didn't seem to help the numbers. Niether did going from 1.5gb to 3.0gb...

    So I'm back with a single drive setup but I did go to a Win7 x64 os and just wondering what I can try next...

    Thanks for any input...

    Thursday, June 2, 2011 3:36 PM

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  • 5.9 is the highest rating there is for 'normal' hard drives, if you had an SSD fitted, the limit would be raised to 7.9 (I think). The figures are purely arbitrary, just a baseline.
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Monday, June 13, 2011 9:08 AM
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 5:44 PM

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  • 5.9 is the highest rating there is for 'normal' hard drives, if you had an SSD fitted, the limit would be raised to 7.9 (I think). The figures are purely arbitrary, just a baseline.
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Monday, June 13, 2011 9:08 AM
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 5:44 PM
  • On Thu, 2 Jun 2011 15:36:32 +0000, MCEGuy... _ wrote:

    How would I get higher marks for HDD performance?

    So far my CPU & Mem are 7.3

    my Graphics & 3D are 6.9

    but my HDD is only 5.9, they are 3.0gb sataII and have 32mb cache, 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda drive, and I have tried installing a RAID 0(2drv) but that didn't seem to help the numbers. Niether did going from 1.5gb to 3.0gb...

    So I'm back with a single drive setup but I did go to a Win7 x64 os and just wondering what I can try next...

    Thanks for any input...

    Four points:

    1. I recommend against RAID 0. Although in theory it should improve
    performance, my experience is like yours--in practice it hardly ever
    does. And since it increases the risk to your data, I recommend
    against it; little or no improvement isn't worth the risk.

    2. I recommend ignoring the Windows Experience Index; I wish Microsoft
    had never provided it. It never provides real accuracy, and it's only
    one view of what your performance is. You should judge for yourself
    what your performance is like, and look to improve performance only if
    you are dissatisfied with it.

    3. If you are dissatisfied with your hard drive performance, the only
    real way to get improvement is to replace it with a higher-performing
    drive. You could go to one or more SSDs.

    4. You say you went from "from 1.5gb to 3.0gb." I assume you are
    talking about RAM. Although the additional RAM might improve other
    aspects of your performance, it won't improve your drive performance.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Friday, June 3, 2011 4:55 AM