Originally Posted by Sxcerino
Edit: that partition thing I actually did not know. I'm not using this as an OS drive however, does it still apply? I am thinking of moving ProgData and Users to it however.
It mainly applies for OS/programs/games drives. If you have all sorts of data on a drive, then as it fills up the newest data is further and further in. Your OS is going to need to read/write stuff constantly, so what results is a lot of clickity clack seeking across large amounts of the platter. By controlling where data goes, you reduce that noise.
I generally split my drives in at least two. The first partition goes to active data (Programs, games, important projects, music, etc.) - stuff that might be accessed simultaneously, and thus require lots of seeking. I want it close together so the seeks are smaller. (Faster/quieter) Then everything else gets tossed into "storage". (the last part of the drive) Because using that part of the drive is slower/noiser, I try to keep less often used stuff there like downloads, videos, old games that I might never play again, etc.
I've noticed that all my Greens have louder seek noise than my Black...
I used one briefly for games. The very first part of those drives is reasonably fast, so if you only use 10% for games (200GB / 2TB) that should work stutter-free. But if you fill them, they perform quite poorly... tons of 25-40ms seeks across the entire platter, which can really drag down your framerate in any games/engines that don't preload things quickly enough.