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Windows 7: HDD only gets a 7 rating of 5.9

05 Apr 2010   #11

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong18 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
I think almost all Sata Drives that are of good quality score a 5.9. All of mine do.
I have not seen any that were higher than 5.9

The WEI score would be good if they would actually use them for Games, certain software, etc.
Would make it easier for the average joe to determine if his system can handle it or not.
That was the original intent of the WEI score.
Yea Microsoft were all for just using a number system to determine whether or not a computer could run a game, but the system they put in doesn't exactly work well by going off the lowest score. Like Halo 2 PC uses this and you need a certain rating to be able to play it. A friend of mine tried it on his laptop, which is more than capable of playing games, but his HDD was just below what the overall score was, so obviously his laptop took this rating, and wasn't able to play it.

Yeah,, I forgot about that,, that was going to be my other point,, is that the game should never check this score at all. You should check it yourself and know your PC rating before purchasing a game, etc. But the software should not check it, so i do understand that

In other words,, if one purchases a game and it doesn't run on ones system due to lack of rating, then that is ones fault. As it is now, it would still be difficult to return the game once it has been opened.

But, enh,, new systems take time to work themselves out or fail.

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05 Apr 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The WEI is only a number. But if you insist on all above 7, you must have an SSD (maybe a Raid with two 15.000 RPM disks will do it too).
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05 Apr 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Don't expect a mechanical hard drive to score any higher than a 5.9. My 150 GB Raptor only scores a 5.9 but since it performs great, it's not any sort of hindrance. Like others have said, a SSD would be required for anything higher, but I wouldn't worry. The Windows Experience Index score shouldn't be taken too seriously unless you're getting a REALLY low score.
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06 Apr 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

I have a 64GB Crucial SSD - I get a 7.3 in WEI. Best $200 I spent on this computer. Much better investment than more MHz IMO.
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08 Apr 2010   #15

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Well yeah,, that's because on all modern PC's out in the last year or so are bottle necked by the Mechanical HDD.

Quite honestly, the fastest PC's out right now will never be faster than the Actual Hard Drive Read Speed.
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26 Jun 2010   #16

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Highest score for HDDs is 5.9. You could possible scrape a 6.0 with RAID, but generally SSDs are needed for higher scores.

Though don't think just because your HDD scores 5.9 it's holding your computer back. My WD Caviar Black scores 5.9, and it's still performs great.
I really don't think buying a new hhd has anything to do with it i just built a new system everything is brand new and adjusted to highest performance so i think it is something else shouldnt need a ssd for speed if all the cables are sata and brand new drives it should be higher then a 5.9 me myself have a complete mindblowing system but my score sucks to a 5.9 sub score all my other coponets score well above 7.6to 7.9 7.6 being the lowest
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26 Jun 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

if all the cables are sata and brand new drives it should be higher then a 5.9
It just will not happen - matter of physics. You need an SSD to get into the 7 range. An important factor is the access time, and that is just too slow on any HDD (about 15ms versus 0.1ms for an SSD).
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 HDD only gets a 7 rating of 5.9

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