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WD Caviar Black 500gb(system) vs WD Caviar Blue 500g(storage)

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I'm getting tired of ignoring my HDD thrashing and wanted to get some info from the community biggrin.gif

Here are my drives:

Storage: WDC WD5000AAKX-001CA0 <- Caviar Blue 6gb/s 16mb (recently added)
System : WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 <- Caviar Black 3gb/s 32mb (old, actually the very first in the Caviar Black line)

Btw, I didn't install Intel Rapid Storage from the cd, then I downloaded from Asus.com for my mobo then just updated the driver thru Device Manager. Previously in Device Manager under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, there would be ATAPI devices listed + Intel 6 series/C200 series SATA AHCI Controller. Now it only lists Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller

This is Caviar Blue, storage drive.
470

This is Caviar Black, system drive.
470

These are with AV Realtime disabled. Nothing else runs in background, Windows Defender, Firewall and Indexing disabled.

You see where it dips 2.3mb, now that location is totally random, it would do that just at the start a few times, or not do it at all. However it does that kinda thrashing when launching internet explorer, nothing freezes, just thrashing, 2 seconds later you can enter an url and use IE while thrashing usually stops after loading the website. Same behavior happens mostly when launching applications for the first time after startup. However it gets you thinking, why would hdd thrash when you launch a simple tool like HardwareMonitor ? What does it read from hdd ?

Now if this is Superfetch, both superfetch and prefetch are set to Boot only. The frequency of thrashing goes rare the longer you wait from startup, it acts less in HD TUNE, but it certainly acts up once in awhile.


Caviar Black seems to have better access time but probably lower or same average transfer rates. This may be due to Caviar Blue being new, i don't know.

Is the behavior in HD TUNE more or less normal for a system drive that Windows randomly does something ? If so, do you think I should install W7 on the Caviar BLUE ?
Edited by Catscratch - 2/2/12 at 6:50pm
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by the looks of the results i would probably instal the OS on the blue drive. well not only becuase judging by results but its new..

use the black then for storage. i must admit usally i would go the other way around with the blue as storgae and the black as system but as you said its an old black so in this case i feel the newer drive for system would be best..

PS: SSD better if you can get one thumb.gif
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Yeah i guess i'll move to Caviar Blue sometime. I wonder if I could get away with Ocz Agility 3 60GB Sata3 SSD AGT3-25SAT3-60G which is the only one I could afford, they are expensive here. Newegg lists 90$ but it's 123$ x 1.18(tax) = 145$ here.
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Originally Posted by Catscratch View Post

Yeah i guess i'll move to Caviar Blue sometime. I wonder if I could get away with Ocz Agility 3 60GB Sata3 SSD AGT3-25SAT3-60G which is the only one I could afford, they are expensive here. Newegg lists 90$ but it's 123$ x 1.18(tax) = 145$ here.

hav alook a Seans Guide http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds as im no expert on SSDs thumb.gif
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I did another HD Tune run and this time windows did not interfere and the average transfer rate was 76mb/s vs 100mb/s of Caviar Blue, that's still a huge difference.
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