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post #1 of 8
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Im installing Arma 2, and my pc is so dam slow while copying files. Is this read/write speed and response time normal while installing a game, or do I need to upgrade my hard disks(Don't want to spend $$ on SSD just yet).

My current hard drive: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Western-Digital-500-GB-WD5000ABYS-01TNA0-DCM-DANCHV2AHB-/160631088609

Screenshot: http://i.imm.io/19fwa.png

If I DO need to upgrade that hard drive, could you point me in the right direction for a good primary hard drive(Going to buy SSD later on).
post #2 of 8
pretty slow... i'd recommend WD Black 1TB, that way when you upgrade to an SSD you'll have a legit storage drive.

Good luck, and i'll see you on Arma! tongue.gif
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pretty slow... i'd recommend WD Black 1TB, that way when you upgrade to an SSD you'll have a legit storage drive.

Good luck, and i'll see you on Arma! tongue.gif

Haha see you there! Thanks for that I was looking at getting one of those before. Is there any programs that I can completely transfer everything to that new drive so I don't have to reinstall everything again.
post #4 of 8
your hard drive is old and may be failing witch is why its so slow.

WD blacks are great drives as are samsung R3's and R4's

but really you should get a sdd and a hdd
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There's plenty of drive cloning programs out there for windows. You just add the new drive to your current system, and "clone" it from the other drive, but in this case I would recommend a full install to rule out any potential viruses on that other drive. It's probably just slowing down because it's old but it could be deeper than that; Better safe than sorry.
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post #6 of 8
I would very much recommend to get an SSD. Upgrading one mechanical drive to another would result in negligible performance increase.

Get a cheap Samsung 840 or something, not that much more expensive than a new HDD.

But to answer your question: yes, it is normal for a single HDD system. You could defrag but I doubt it would help a lot.
post #7 of 8
For starters, your HDD is pretty old and has been in use for several years now. So that itself explains the slowness, HDDs rarely get more than 80/90 Mb/s transfer rate, the exception is specialized drives such as WD Velociraptors and Enterprise SAS drives which usually average between 150/200 MB/s, however those cost an arm and a leg. The best HDDs that are on the market right now are only now approaching SATA I rates and as I mentioned, they cost an arm and a leg and are specifically targeted towards servers and mission critical systems.

There are plenty of cloning utilities out there, I personally use DriveImage XML and it is free to use personally.

My recommendation would be: Get a WD Blue/Black preferably 1TB+ one and an SSD that has 60-120GB of space. Keep OS and programs that you want to be fast on the SSD and keep the rest on the HDD.
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post #8 of 8
Weird ir took me about 4/5 minutes to install my copy of arma 2 & iam using 1tb seagate baracuda 7200 rpm....iam not a storage expert but iam not sure if my drive is any faster then yours it schouldnt be taking you that long to install! .....whats the rest of your rig consist of?
     
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