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I recently bought a Western Digital 1TB HD for video recording purposes. Before I bought this drive, I had two other drives: an 80GB HD and a 500GB HD. I installed Windows on the 80 GB with no problems, and it was quite snappy. The 500 GB was used to hold my games, but recording videos to the same drive just didn't cut it.

After the new drive came, a friend said I should partition 100GB of the 1TB for Windows since it was supposedly faster than the 80GB. The plan was to install Windows on a partition, and games on the rest of the HD. The 500GB would be used for videos, while the 80GB would be used for other stuff. Everything installed well, but I'm a bit confused as to why things seem a bit 'sluggish'. On the 80 GB, Windows booted up in less than 20 seconds. On the 1 TB, it takes about 20~25 seconds longer. I can imagine that being a much bigger drive, Windows might take longer to look for stuff, but I partitioned it off to an almost identical amount of space.

My question: is my current HD setup good? Also, are there any programs that I may download so I can check the read/write speed of the 1TB HD? So far it's been running beautifully, but I'd like to make sure I got what I paid for.

Thanks!
Edited by Omlet - 5/13/11 at 10:03am
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Check out:
HD Tune: http://www.hdtune.com/
HD Tach: http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public...request=HdTach

I'm not positive, but I think no matter how you partitioned your HD, it will still scan the 1TB to find the OS. I'm pretty sure someone on here will correct me if I'm wrong .
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I've heard of a little thing that's called short stroking a disk, that involves partitioning a big disk in smaller ones so the info can be found quicker. I don't know exactly how to do it tho

What you could try is defragging the 1 TB HDD. Having so much room in a disk makes it fragment faster.
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