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Windows 7: Worrying HDD Benchmark Result

26 Apr 2014   #1
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 
Worrying HDD Benchmark Result

Hello. Recently I have reinstalled Windows on my computer and since I have two hard drives, I thought it'd be a good idea to check their S.M.A.R.T. and how fast they are. I have one drive that has mysterious 100MB hidden system partition and the OS partition that I have created myself. It's a 120GB TOSHIBA MK1255GSH H taken out of an old PS3 console. I also have this 4 years old 160GB (Western Digital) WDC WD1600BEVT-60ZCT1 which is split in half - partition D:\ for my programs and partition E:\ for all my documents.

Now, I did a benchmark on both of these using free version of HDTune (2.55) the results were quite worrying
Here is the WD (D: ,E: ) drive: (Click here to see S.M.A.R.T.)
Worrying HDD Benchmark Result-wd.jpg
It's not fast but the read speed line is fairly stable.

And here is my Toshiba (OS - C drive, this is the one I am worried about: (Click here to see S.M.A.R.T.)
Worrying HDD Benchmark Result-toshiba.jpg
The read speed line kept jumping up and down like crazy, as far as I know, when it's that spiky, that isn't a good sign.

So, would any of you guys please have a look at my S.M.A.R.T. or the benchmarks and tell me if something isn't right?
Is that spiky line a normal thing on an OS drive?

Thanks




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26 Apr 2014   #2
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

with regards to the speed, a modern sata 3 mechanical drive will reach speeds of about 120-150MB/s.

as your drives are old and use older technology then consider these speeds to be much lesser.

with regards to the ps3 hard drive it will be even slower, 2.5" drives often spin less than 7500rpm, and sony would have wanted to use the cheapest but reliable drives they could.
chances are the drive is also more on the server level of quality so it wont wearout through out the of the console.. again this normally means slower
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26 Apr 2014   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The "mysterious 100MB hidden system partition" is not so mysterious. It is a partition added during Windows installation to handle boot management functions. Do not change or delete it.
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30 Apr 2014   #4
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Thanks guys, your replies answer some of my questions, but not the most important one. The blue line on benchmark should smoothly descend (as far as I know) like on WD drive, or even smoother, instead it was jumping really bad, does that suggest there's something wrong with the drive? Might as well get a SATA III if my Toshiba fails
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30 Apr 2014   #5
Frozwire

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think there is nothing to worry about those spikes in the graph. It just simply indicate that your drive is in use and much more active than the WD one. both drives are healthy.
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30 Apr 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You see this jumping up and down very often. It is probably from some system activity during the test. Nothing to worry about.
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01 May 2014   #7
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Alright, thank you whs and Frozwire. I'll keep an eye on my drives though
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