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I have both drives and both are quick, my AAKS drives are damn fast but are also in raid 0 short stroked
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The AAKS 500 gb has 3 platters. My dad had one in an eternal hard drive and he knocked it off a table and i broked By the way the platters were about 1/8th inch thick.
    
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Here are my 640s AALS, non-short stroked (I don't know what that is).

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I'm pretty sure a filing cabinet is faster than my current HD...

    
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Here are my 640s AALS, non-short stroked (I don't know what that is).
Short Stroking is taking a small partition (usually the 10-20% of the total hd size) and using that as the boot partition (theory is the outer parts of the disk are faster due)

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I'm pretty sure a filing cabinet is faster than my current HD...
Have you tried that drive in a differernt SATA socket? Have you made sure any jumpers on the drive are set correctly?

No way thats working right
post #26 of 32
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Have you tried that drive in a differernt SATA socket? Have you made sure any jumpers on the drive are set correctly?

No way thats working right

It has to be an HD Tune issue. If it was really that slow it'd take about a month to boot Windows, and I actually have some of the fastest regular HD Windows boot times I've seen (~15-20 seconds from BIOS handoff to desktop)
    
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post #27 of 32
Try HDTach
post #28 of 32
I'd really like to put my two in RAID but I haven't had the time nor the backup space. I've been meaning to get an external but I can never seem to find any good deals with ones that are e-Sata compliant.
    
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Here are my results:

I think someone got lucky with their 500GB Black, even the 1TB FALS doesn't post those kind of figures as far as I know. I remember someone on this forum getting one of their 500GB Blacks RMA'd, and the returned item was posting figures very close to these, whereas the original one wasn't anywhere near.

I postulated at the time that what they actually got was a 640GB AALS that been short-stroked in the firmware by WD; the higher platter density + 640AALS firmware would explain the increased performance.
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post #30 of 32

Its two WDC50001AALS in raid0 stroke to 536gb. Back in the days, I swear, the Random Access even sometimes fell to 9,9ms. Got them both for 100€, awesome deal anyway.
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