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im a little confused, i'd like to short stroke my raid 0 i have 2 samsung f3's. now if i defrag and optimize all my data should be on the outer tracks and i have approx 200gb of data, will short stroking to a 400gb partition really improve performance? in benchmarks it obviously does, but that averages the whole drive, with my current setup it surely wont be accessing any data past the first few 100gb's anyway?
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How about you take a look at this, the results near the "New Thread" button you clicked. Here.
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yes it helps
it helps with load times on games, and load times on windows
unfortunattly at the cost of less disk space, but i think it's worth it
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It doesn't really 'improve' performance per-se as much as it 'prevents performance loss'.

Restricting your OS data to the fastest portion of the drive will ensure that:
1) Using the section of the platters with the highest velocity your transfer speed will be highest.
2) Restricting the movement of the read head to a small section of the drive will decrease losses when loading operating system files as the head does not have to traverse additional platter width.
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post #5 of 21
It guarantees a certain level of performance, but short stroking a 100 GB drive to only 10 GB is exactly the same as leaving the partition at 100 GB but keeping it well-defragged and never putting more than 10 GB on it.
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the link isnt a fair test though...its the whole disk vs the partition, ofc its going to be faster, but if its well defragged and optimized ie using a program that moves all the data to the edge of the platters, then the hdd's will never be reading any data apart from the first few 100gb's of disk area anyway?
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post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
How about you take a look at this, the results near the "New Thread" button you clicked. Here.
That post, looks like the work of a mad man

Quote:
Originally Posted by beers View Post
It doesn't really 'improve' performance per-se as much as it 'prevents performance loss'.
Restricting your OS data to the fastest portion of the drive will ensure that:
1) Using the section of the platters with the highest velocity your transfer speed will be highest.
2) Restricting the movement of the read head to a small section of the drive will decrease losses when loading operating system files as the head does not have to traverse additional platter width.
This is what it's all about. qft

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the link isnt a fair test though...its the whole disk vs the partition, ofc its going to be faster, but if its well defragged and optimized ie using a program that moves all the data to the edge of the platters, then the hdd's will never be reading any data apart from the first few 100gb's of disk area anyway?
It is fair

But yeah, if you manage your drives like you say! It's all good
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that post, looks like the work of a mad man :d
heh.
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so if i manage the disks where all data is on outer most area of platter, then short stroking wouldnt give me a boost? is that right?
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post #10 of 21
Essentially you'd be completing the same objective.
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