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I currently own a Hitachi GST Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360. It's over four years old and incredibly slow. Is there any way for me to make it faster? I reformatted and the disk isn't misaligned. Can I upgrade the firmware for it? Or has age just killed it?
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There's really nothing you can do for it other than defrag/putting most used files closer to the read head via a 3rd party defrag'ing program (perfect disk, etc).
 
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I currently own a Hitachi GST Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360. It's over four years old and incredibly slow. Is there any way for me to make it faster? I reformatted and the disk isn't misaligned. Can I upgrade the firmware for it? Or has age just killed it?

Replace it.

Unless the thing has degraded due to a huge number of bad sectors developed over time, it's probably the same speed it was 4 years ago when it was brand new, just your expectations ... and the stuff you load on it every day, are more demanding. Replace it with a SSD or at the very least, a faster, bigger HDD. The newest drives today, e.g. WD Blue 1TB with a single 1TB platter in it, are 2-3x faster than drives from 4 years ago, and even the slowest SSD is going to be 5-10X faster on the same (slow) SATA interface.

Greg
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Time for an SSD!
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Right answer: You can replace the controller board on it.

Smart Answer: Toss it and buy a new HDD or SSD
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Right answer: You can replace the controller board on it.

What would that achieve? Aeral density and rotational speed remains unchanged.
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What would that achieve? Aeral density and rotational speed remains unchanged.

If the board is starting to fail it would replace a failing board. I have done this to a couple dying laptop drives in the past. I learned it from a previous employer of mine. People would come in with old drives and we replaced the board and they worked faster.

I don't claim to know how it works, just that it does. (I wish there was a shrug smiley)
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Replace it.

Unless the thing has degraded due to a huge number of bad sectors developed over time, it's probably the same speed it was 4 years ago when it was brand new, just your expectations ... and the stuff you load on it every day, are more demanding. Replace it with a SSD or at the very least, a faster, bigger HDD. The newest drives today, e.g. WD Blue 1TB with a single 1TB platter in it, are 2-3x faster than drives from 4 years ago, and even the slowest SSD is going to be 5-10X faster on the same (slow) SATA interface.

Greg

 

Pretty much this.

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If the board is starting to fail it would replace a failing board. I have done this to a couple dying laptop drives in the past. I learned it from a previous employer of mine. People would come in with old drives and we replaced the board and they worked faster.

I don't claim to know how it works, just that it does. (I wish there was a shrug smiley)

Got benchmarks? That doesn't make sense... the controllers are digital solid state technology. It doesn't work slower over time (in real-world usage).
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