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Windows 7: Best Windows Experience Index - Hard Drive?

09 Nov 2009   #21
scubasteve

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Like many others, I had great scores except for my drive...which was a 5.9. It's a brand new WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb


It replaced a 74Gb Raptor...which I assume would have done better. Oh well, at the end of the day, this WEI is just a number. What matters is your real world experience...and my drive is zippy...and roomy.


BTW, I have another one for data, a third for live back of the data (external, separate power supply), and a fourth for offline backup...stored in a fireproof box...and WEI also gives me no extra credit for all that paranoia.


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10 Nov 2009   #22
myarmor

Windows 7 Professional x64 Retail
 
 

Mine is 5.9 too.. with a most likely rather slow Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5TB Green Power.

Everything else but the processor is 7.6 (it is 7.4)
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04 Mar 2010   #23
RLevy

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hello everyone.

I've a score of 6.3 with 2 x Seagate Cheetah 15K.6 RAID0
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08 Jul 2010   #24
nylonic48

amiga 5.0 workbench
 
 
7.9 Secret

I get 7.9 on all . My set up is a sinclair spectrum 48k.
The secret is to use an high performance drive to 'up' your base score. I use a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive. When I use my external tape player the base score drops to an unacceptable 7.1
Sometimes if I hold the 'play' button down at the same time as the 'ffwd' button, I can achieve a 7.2
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26 Sep 2010   #25
patinhb

W7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
7.9 Disk Drive Windows Experience Index

First post ... this seems to be a hot topic

My WIndows Experience Indexes

Disk Drive 7.9 (Corsair Force 120 SSD Raid 0 x4, with Intel Matrix Manager, 128k Stripe, 8096 Block Allocation), Previously 6.2 with 4 2.5" 500GB 7200 RPM Notebook HDD

Everything Else 7.8
CPU-Intel i7 980x (Liquid cooled Corsair H70)
Motherboard-Intel DX58SO OC at 3.6GHz
Memory-Corsair 6GB DDR3-SDRAM PC3-10700 (667 MHz) - [DDR3-1333]
Graphics-Diamond Radeon HD5870

Primary uses - Flight Simulation, Video and Photo Editing, Mathematical Analysis

Disk speed really improved Video editing experience, helped a little with Flight Simulation - primarily driven by CPU speed, no noticeable improvement in Mathematical Analyis use (using Wolfram Mathematica).

If you need high speed disk performance on the cheap (relatively speaking) use 2.5" 7200 RPM notebook drives in Raid 0. Limit primary partition to ~20% of the total amount available. This keeps the files on the outside edge of the drives - the fastest part. I used 400 GB of the 2TB available in my previous array. One warning - using only the outside edge seems to wear out the drives faster. But they are getting cheaper and cheaper ~$60 US each when they are on sale.

Also, don't rely on WEI or any other measure to measure the value to you. Set it up, try it out where you need the speed, if it isn't enough, take the next step - SSDs. I used notebook drives for a long time.

Conclusion - SSDs are good value for Video editing, not so good value for everything else but...as my wife says...you really do enjoy so go ahead and do it. Yes, I'm a lucky guy.
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26 Sep 2010   #26
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Currently, the only single drive to get a 7.9 is the Crucial C300 SSD
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26 Sep 2010   #27
patinhb

W7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the tip.

Have to admit...didn't even think about single drives. I was stuck in a Raid 0 mindset from the mechanical HDD experience. I'll have to get one of the Crucials, try it out and see if I can eliminate the Raid 0 array to reduce the risk of failure (I do back up every night to our Windows Home Server...but you never know.)
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26 Sep 2010   #28
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
Currently, the only single drive to get a 7.9 is the Crucial C300 SSD

Could probably get 7.9 with a single PCI-E drive, like a Revo.
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26 Sep 2010   #29
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Could probably get 7.9 with a single PCI-E drive, like a Revo.
Yeah, maybe. I forgot about PCI-E drives
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19 Feb 2011   #30
Techymike

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

This is the results after the reveodrive install.


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