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I have a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm (as my sig says) in my machine. Now, I've learned sooo much here at OCN over the last few weeks building my new rig, and now I want to learn some about hard drives!

I understand that a hard drive can really change how efficient your system performs. I game generally, but lightly - MMOs (LOTRO right now..) and only some regular games (though this might increase due to the new getup!) With my motherboard (P8Z68-V) I understand it might be possible to get more out of a drive somehow. I could also be completely misunderstanding, but is there anything I can do to tweak my HDD to make it run faster/better? Should I get something like a WD Black Ed HDD?

Any links or instruction as to "OC" my HDD, or set something up to make it awesome would be fantastic!

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Unfortunately, you can not OC a hard drive. I think you mean RAID 0? It's when you have two identical hard drives for 190% performance increase. However, be warned that if one drive fails, you are screwed.
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Yup, you could RAID to theoretically double performance. Or you could cut your drive down, called a "Short stroke", which keeps the head at the edge of the disk where its the fastest, and it stops it from moving far to keep access times down. Botha re viable, and you can do both at the same time for AMAZING performanc e boosts.
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Yup, you could RAID to theoretically double performance. Or you could cut your drive down, called a "Short stroke", which keeps the head at the edge of the disk where its the fastest, and it stops it from moving far to keep access times down. Botha re viable, and you can do both at the same time for AMAZING performanc e boosts.
Perhaps I should just consider a different drive then? I don't really have a stack of cash for a decent SSD (especially after dropping what I have on my machine) so I'm just looking for a good..bang for the buck I guess you could say.
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You cannot "overclock" your hard drive - with a Z68 platform you can use "ssd caching" but its basically the same concept as using a SSD boot drive (which would be my recommendation) - the other than that you can do to best utilize the speed of your HDD is to partition off the first 500GB and only use that, after the 1/2 point on HDD's the speed significantly drops off, thus by "short stroking" it, you utilize the fastest portion of the HDD while still having a good amount of space.
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Perhaps I should just consider a different drive then? I don't really have a stack of cash for a decent SSD (especially after dropping what I have on my machine) so I'm just looking for a good..bang for the buck I guess you could say.
No, dont buy a new drive, get an identical one and RAID them, or if youre strapped for cash and cant afford a new drive, short stroke your current one.
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You cannot "overclock" your hard drive - with a Z68 platform you can use "ssd caching" but its basically the same concept as using a SSD boot drive (which would be my recommendation) - the other than that you can do to best utilize the speed of your HDD is to partition off the first 500GB and only use that, after the 1/2 point on HDD's the speed significantly drops off, thus by "short stroking" it, you utilize the fastest portion of the HDD while still having a good amount of space.
Id recommend 300gb.
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You cannot "overclock" your hard drive - with a Z68 platform you can use "ssd caching" but its basically the same concept as using a SSD boot drive (which would be my recommendation) - the other than that you can do to best utilize the speed of your HDD is to partition off the first 500GB and only use that, after the 1/2 point on HDD's the speed significantly drops off, thus by "short stroking" it, you utilize the fastest portion of the HDD while still having a good amount of space.
Well, I'm looking to enhance performance in my games, as I said. Would doing any of this really help with that..if I'm playing an an online game?

Secondly, where can I learn how to "short stroke" a HDD?
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An alternative to short stroking is buying a specialty defragging program. I have "ultimate defrag" by disktrix. It allows you to manually view how files are arranged on the disc and control where they are located.

I defrag my disc based on file use. All of my files are arranged towards the outside of the platter based on frequency of use. The most used files are in the fastest part of the disc. I think it speeds up the disc by noticeable amount.

I think the program is really cool because you can move certain directories to the outside of platter. If you have a certain game that you want to load especially fast you can move just that directory to the fastest portion of the disc.

I think the program was about $30.
    
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Well, I'm looking to enhance performance in my games, as I said. Would doing any of this really help with that..if I'm playing an an online game?

Secondly, where can I learn how to "short stroke" a HDD?
Its actualy quite easy

Heres what you do:
It involves formatting so you shoudl back up your shux if you have to.
Upon inserting the windows disc you select your HDD to isntall to, but then you create a partition of no more than 300gb. Install windows to that. Then once in windows you disable caching, indexing, virtual memory, and amybe a few other things. The smaller the size the better, so if you dont need 300gb then make it 200 or better yet 100.
http://www.hdtune.com/download.html
Download that, run a benchmark and short stroke it to 300gb, then run it without a short stroke and compare access times and R/W speeds

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An alternative to short stroking is buying a specialty defragging program. I have "ultimate defrag" by disktrix. It allows you to manually view how files are arranged on the disc and control where they are located.

I defrag my disc based on file use. All of my files are arranged towards the outside of the platter based on frequency of use. The most used files are in the fastest part of the disc. I think it speeds up the disc by noticeable amount.

I think the program is really cool because you can move certain directories to the outside of platter. If you have a certain game that you want to load especially fast you can move just that directory to the fastest portion of the disc.

I think the program was about $30.
Thats probobly the coolest thing ive ever heard. I am SO getting this.
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An alternative to short stroking is buying a specialty defragging program. I have "ultimate defrag" by disktrix. It allows you to manually view how files are arranged on the disc and control where they are located.

I defrag my disc based on file use. All of my files are arranged towards the outside of the platter based on frequency of use. The most used files are in the fastest part of the disc. I think it speeds up the disc by noticeable amount.

I think the program is really cool because you can move certain directories to the outside of platter. If you have a certain game that you want to load especially fast you can move just that directory to the fastest portion of the disc.

I think the program was about $30.
Now -this- is good stuff!

I do have a question though - this drive came OEM with an ASUS Essentio tower. I dont know what the cache is on it...does it matter what amount I have? Because I don't know how to find out.

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