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post #1 of 20
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Hi all.
Recenty bought a caviar black 750gb and it arrived today. To me this drive seems unbelievably slow, its supposed to be a top-of-the line enthusiast drive, but its performance is 'meh'. It barely performs better than my old, faulty Seagate 7200.10 320gb in HD Tach, HD Tune and john.lab's real world speed test. I also only get 5.8 in Vistas experience index which is dissapointing.



Ive tried different SATA cables, different SATA ports, still get average transfers of 65mb/s. I even tried a fresh install of windows.

The drive is quiet and should be reliable, plus the 5 year warranty is great, but the apparantly lower rated AAKS series of drives do better in benches.

I can't complain much at the price I got it for ($5 more than the price of a 750GB Spinpoint) but I would not reccomend it to anyone really.

Does anyone think the drive is faulty, or is it just a naff drive by design. It passes all diagnostic and SMART tests.
post #2 of 20
I've heard of them but didn't see any benches.

Are these drives faster than the new 640gb ones? If so why not just rma it for one of those?

(I'd bench my 640 but im stuck at school)
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my 640gb drive performs better. RMA it
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Performance for those is way off. My 640gb get a lot higher than that, so something is wrong.
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post #5 of 20
Weird, that thing should scream through file transfers, 65mb/s is pitiful!
Googled reviews and this appeared:
http://www.treadlayers.com/PC_Hardwa...0Black/2.shtml
Yours is underperforming
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post #6 of 20
Yeah I got the same results

I like the Samsung F1 750GB drive...it's the fastest of all the 750GB drive's I have tested.
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post #7 of 20
I run that same one with the same ****ty numbers...I RMA'd and went with the 640 and it runs better.

dunno it might just be that specific model drive beats me.
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post #8 of 20
My Caviar Black 1TB drive is much faster than that (around 90MB/sec). Is there a "slow my hard drive down" jumper on it? If so, remove it. Are you running SATA in IDE mode? If so, switch it to AHCI.
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post #9 of 20
Get the Samsung F1 1TB drive, its the fastest (unless you go with a solid state disk):
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...point-f1-1tb/6
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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by error10 View Post
My Caviar Black 1TB drive is much faster than that (around 90MB/sec). Is there a "slow my hard drive down" jumper on it? If so, remove it. Are you running SATA in IDE mode? If so, switch it to AHCI.
I checked the jumper setiings PDF - and teh jumpers are set to full perfomance (i.e. no jumper)
Hrm..If CD got the same numbers this drive must be a dog. One word - AVOID.

I really don't want to RMA...plus its not faulty so I may get screwed over for restocking.
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