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What gauge are you using for that 'performance index' you were expecting?

In my web server i have a single Seagate 250gb drive with 3 partitions: C drive is 50gb for OS and programs, D is 10gb for page file, and 145gb on the E for web space. Its just a m-ATX MSi 785GTM-E45, with an AMD Sempron 140 at a modest 3.0 clocking. My 'Windows Experience' high score is the disc at 5.9, where as in my main pc, currently its the lowest score also with the same drive, but using the whole 250gb as my C drive. This will be changing soon with a RAID install on my next iteration.

Now, to see the benefits of short stroking, look at this thread and Duke is the 6th place in access time (up against some ridiculous SSD setups), but 2nd in transfer rate at 205.4MB/s. For those of you that dont look, he is running two WD 500gb drives in 0, but shorted to only 160gb. Oddly enough, its actually faster than 2 Velociraptors in RAID 0 @ 174MB/s!

Why does this work? Youre taking the outer most part of the platter and turning into a partition and putting the OS on it. Right? Well, almost. If you use a 7200 rpm drive, that 7200 rpm relates to the SPINDLE speed, not the platter speed... so the outer edge is spinning MUCH faster, and since the partition is small(er) than the whole platter, the read/write head barely move along the normal arc, thus decreasing seek times drastically.
Edited by Furball Zen - 10/13/11 at 7:23pm
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