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Windows 7: Low Windows Experience Index for hard drive

17 Mar 2010   #1
lovingdvd

Vista 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Low Windows Experience Index for hard drive

Hi all,

I have a high end PC. Intel Core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67ghz (dual core) with 8GB DDR3 running Win7 x64. My disk is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB 7200 rpm drive (ST31000333AS) with 32MB cache connected using SATA 3Gb/s. Specs here: ST31000333AS Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 3Gb/s 1-TB Hard Drive | Seagate

My Windows Experience Index is 7.5 for all categories except for this primary disk drive. The drive only scores 5.9. Considering I think this is a fairly high end system with lots of memory and the cpu power, it seems very odd to me that the drive would score so low - especially compared to the 7.5 scores across the board in the other categories.

Are there any known performance issues with this drive? Or is this score not surprising? Any tips or tricks I can use to speed up the drive and/or troubleshoot this some more to better understand what's slowing it down?

Thanks!


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17 Mar 2010   #2
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

No, HDD's drop out at 5.9. Why did you buy the 11th generation hard drive? Its obsolete.
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17 Mar 2010   #3
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Heh yeah, with that rig an SSD was rally called for. Would give a score of 7.2-7.3 and would have made your entire system feel amazingly faster too!

A new video card and an SSD alone has revived my 2.5gig dual core to the point that I don't even feel like needing a machine upgrade for a while now.
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17 Mar 2010   #4
lovingdvd

Vista 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
No, HDD's drop out at 5.9. Why did you buy the 11th generation hard drive? Its obsolete.
Thanks for the quick reply. Not that it probably matters, but I believe this is a quad-core machine (above I said dual core).

Can you please explain what you mean by the HDD's "drop out" at 5.9? Do you mean they max out at 5.9? If that's the case, are you saying I should expect to see 5.9 with any drive?

To answer your questions, I didn't purchase this drive recently. It came with my system which I got several months ago.

Thanks!
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17 Mar 2010   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

5.9 is as good as 'old-fashioned' hard-drives go according to wei...

i wouldn't worry about it if your pc feels fast.

if you really need better performance and higher wei numbers, get an ssd as your os/program drive.
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17 Mar 2010   #6
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lovingdvd View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
No, HDD's drop out at 5.9. Why did you buy the 11th generation hard drive? Its obsolete.
Thanks for the quick reply. Not that it probably matters, but I believe this is a quad-core machine (above I said dual core).

Can you please explain what you mean by the HDD's "drop out" at 5.9? Do you mean they max out at 5.9? If that's the case, are you saying I should expect to see 5.9 with any drive?

To answer your questions, I didn't purchase this drive recently. It came with my system which I got several months ago.

Thanks!
The limit of 7.9 is designed to accommodate new hardware - i.e. SSD's.
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