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Hello Overclock.net users,

Since i upgraded my hardware to other parts i noticed my hdd cant keep up anymore;

(Upgraded hardware, still need to update signature though *updated*)
Intel Core i5 2300
ATI HD5770 Vapor-X 1GB GDDR5
Biostar H61MH
SeaSonic M12II 520Watt
4GB DDR3 Kingston

My HDD is a Maxtor STM31000340AS ATA 1TB Device, i also did a WIE test (Windows Experience Index), and all my hardware is around 7.4/7.6, except for my HDD which is 5.9 (Disk Data Transfer Rate). I also noticed lags in games which it should run it perfectly with my upgraded hardware. So i suspect my HDD.

Do you guys have any recommendations on a very fast/cheap hdd with enough space?
Edited by battleaxe231 - 6/19/11 at 2:19am
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WEI returns 5.9 for HDDs. You could have an ancient 5400RPM PATA drive or top of the line Raptor, but you'll get a 5.9

Some RAID arrays can push it to 6.1-6.3. Most SSDs push it over 7. But honestly, WEI is such a crappy benchmark... it hardly matters.

Your framerate lag is either caused by your HDD, videocard drivers, or something else. (like background software)
     
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In the WEI test, 5.9 is the highest a mechanical hard drive will go. To get a 6.0 or higher, you MUST be using a SSD. It's hard coded from Micro$oft that way.

If you want to stay mechanical, you could get a couple of these and put them in RAID 0.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152244

Or you could get a small SSD for not much more $$.

Which games are you lagging in? Did you uninstall the old drivers in Device Manager, then run Driver Sweeper to remove anything left behind by the uninstall process, reboot into Safe Mode, and install new drivers?

EDIT - I've heard that the reason mechanical drives get stuck at 5.9 is because of the 4k random speeds. SSD's really shine in that regard and mechanical drives struggle along with that.
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No, i barely have anything running in the background. My videocard should be just enough (Its also factory overclocked, Vapor-X) =/
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
WEI returns 5.9 for HDDs. You could have an ancient 5400RPM PATA drive or top of the line Raptor, but you'll get a 5.9

Some RAID arrays can push it to 6.1-6.3. Most SSDs push it over 7. But honestly, WEI is such a crappy benchmark... it hardly matters.

Your framerate lag is either caused by your HDD, videocard drivers, or something else. (like background software)
This. Dont go by WEI. 5.9 is the highest you can get like stated above. Go by the health of your drive and if its not fast enough opening or loading try an upgrade with RAID 0 or an SSD. Maybe you can find a cheap version of your drive and create a RAID 0 array and speed it up.
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Am i able to combine a OCZ Onyx SATA II 2.5" SSD 64GB with a MAXTOR STM31000340AS ATA Device - 1TB ?
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Is this one "Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 1TB" better then the one that i have now, it seems cheap and very good.
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Is this one "Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 1TB" better then the one that i have now, it seems cheap and very good.
Nah, you are good with what you have unless you are having problems.
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Am i able to combine a OCZ Onyx SATA II 2.5" SSD 64GB with a MAXTOR STM31000340AS ATA Device - 1TB ?
What do you mean by "combine"?

Yeah, you can run the SSD as your main OS drive (C:/) and the 1TB as your storage drive (D:/).

But I wouldn't get the Oxyx. Get a Vertex 3 or C300.

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Is this one "Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 1TB" better then the one that i have now, it seems cheap and very good.
That's what you have. Seagate 'Maxtor'.

As long as it's 7,200 RPM and the same capacity, its performance will likely be almost identical.
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