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There seems to be quite a bit of software accessing the drive, but otherwise it's fine. Very slow access times, though. Just to confirm - this is your system drive? (Inside your iMac?)

If I had to guess, I'd say it's the access times causing your lag. Any time a drive that slow multitasks, it's going to get bogged down.
     
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Oh you mean a Macintosh?

Get it right, Macs are not PC, they are Macs
Macs are PCs, technically.
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There seems to be quite a bit of software accessing the drive, but otherwise it's fine. Very slow access times, though. Just to confirm - this is your system drive? (Inside your iMac?)

If I had to guess, I'd say it's the access times causing your lag. Any time a drive that slow multitasks, it's going to get bogged down.
Yes, this is my system drive. It's a 2TB HDD with a 1350GB/650GB partition. The latter is used for Windows 7. I thought the access times would be bad... I'll never get a 2TB HDD for an internal drive again.

Thanks for your help.
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Yes, this is my system drive. It's a 2TB HDD with a 1350GB/650GB partition. The latter is used for Windows 7. I thought the access times would be bad... I'll never get a 2TB HDD for an internal drive again.
2TB drives are fine. It's just Hitachi that has super bad access times on their larger drives. They're migrating to denser platters faster than other brands, which make it harder to settle on the right track. That's why they hold the crown for sequential speeds (~170MB/sec?) on their newest drives, but also have the worst seek times.

WD only uses super dense platters on their Green drives. (which also feel slow)

If you had a WD 2TB Black instead, you'd be looking at 11-12ms access times. Those things are snappy. (and made from 500GB platters rather than 750GB+)
     
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what is a Mac?
Mac & Cheese, tv show
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It's normal.

It's normal for hard drives to go all slow and unresponsive when you are transferring, scanning for viruses, defragging, etc.

Anything that puts the drive on high load will definitely stress it out and slow it down to a complete crawl.

OS X can't save you from that.
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There seems to be quite a bit of software accessing the drive, but otherwise it's fine. Very slow access times, though. Just to confirm - this is your system drive? (Inside your iMac?)

If I had to guess, I'd say it's the access times causing your lag. Any time a drive that slow multitasks, it's going to get bogged down.
It looks like my highly fragmented WD1600BE drive.

The drive could have been fragmented from long periods of use, with installing and uninstalling files here and there.
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Oh you mean a Macintosh?

Get it right, Macs are not PC, they are Macs
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It's normal.

It's normal for hard drives to go all slow and unresponsive when you are transferring, scanning for viruses, defragging, etc.
I must be spoiled. My WD Black copes really well with multitasking. It's certainly slower when indexing my hard drive, but it still has enough oomph that it feels faster than my WD Green. It's still able to open most programs in a couple seconds.

Game load times are awful when indexing. Easily 3-4x higher. But once in-game my framerate isn't usually affected. Because of that, I can do I/O heavy stuff in the background (like video encoding) while gaming.
     
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Thanks everyone!
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
2TB drives are fine. It's just Hitachi that has super bad access times on their larger drives. They're migrating to denser platters faster than other brands, which make it harder to settle on the right track. That's why they hold the crown for sequential speeds (~170MB/sec?) on their newest drives, but also have the worst seek times.

WD only uses super dense platters on their Green drives. (which also feel slow)

If you had a WD 2TB Black instead, you'd be looking at 11-12ms access times. Those things are snappy. (and made from 500GB platters rather than 750GB+)
Ah, I see. Thanks. I'll stay away from Hitachi I think.
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A hard drive is going to be slow whenever it is under heavy access. It is not really a point of it being Hitachi or WD Black.

Defragment the drive while transferring 1 TB of data...everything is going to be slow...especially if it is the OS drive.

It is quite possible the OP's drive has lots of free space fragmentation. The drive is searching for free space that is scattered throughout the drive. That is going to slow down the writes a lot for a mechanical hard drive. OP you should defragment your Windows partition.
Edited by Riou - 7/25/11 at 2:34am
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