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Windows 7: HDD only gets a 7 rating of 5.9

05 Apr 2010   #1
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 
HDD only gets a 7 rating of 5.9

how do i get a higher score than 5.9 on my hdd as that the only thing holding back my score from being 7.3? i heard i need a SSD to get it higher is this correct?


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05 Apr 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

You can't improve your hard drive's WEI rating without buying a new better one.

An SSD would be a sure fire way of getting your system rating up but I'm sure there are some high RPM hard drives that can do that too.

To be honest though a WEI of 5.9 will sure as fire run just about any piece of software you want 2 fold.

You have to remember that this is just a number and and will not drag your system performance down too much anyway, the only noticeable difference I would see from having a better WEI scoring HDD/SSD would be boot speed and local file transfer rates.

Oli
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05 Apr 2010   #3
pcgamer

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
You can't improve your hard drive's WEI rating without buying a new better one.

An SSD would be a sure fire way of getting your system rating up but I'm sure there are some high RPM hard drives that can do that too.

To be honest though a WEI of 5.9 will sure as fire run just about any piece of software you want 2 fold.

You have to remember that this is just a number and and will not drag your system performance down too much anyway, the only noticeable difference I would see from having a better WEI scoring HDD/SSD would be boot speed and local file transfer rates.

Oli

yeah my pc is super fast now lol just i was unhappy that it was only the hdd holding the score back
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05 Apr 2010   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I have never felt that the score was very important anyway, because the score is determined by the lowest subscore.
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05 Apr 2010   #5
Everlong

 

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.
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05 Apr 2010   #6
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I think almost all Sata Drives that are of good quality score a 5.9. All of mine do.
Even with a RAID 0 setup.
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.
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05 Apr 2010   #7
Everlong

 

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.
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05 Apr 2010   #8
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

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.
Ouch!
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05 Apr 2010   #9
DreemWarrior

Windows 7 ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
You can't improve your hard drive's WEI rating without buying a new better one.

An SSD would be a sure fire way of getting your system rating up but I'm sure there are some high RPM hard drives that can do that too.

To be honest though a WEI of 5.9 will sure as fire run just about any piece of software you want 2 fold.

You have to remember that this is just a number and and will not drag your system performance down too much anyway, the only noticeable difference I would see from having a better WEI scoring HDD/SSD would be boot speed and local file transfer rates.

Oli
No kidding. Thats what my HDD scores, but I have no trouble running multiple higher end apps simultaneously


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05 Apr 2010   #10
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong18 View Post
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.
No way. I played Halo 2 on a Radeon 9500 and a P4 2.23 (oldest model) system. CPU scores at 2.4, memory at 3.6, VCard at around 2-3 ish. And I managed to played it (average of 16 FPS of course, but I can handle it :P)

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Maximum you can get for standard HDDs is 5.9, even on a raid system. You could take a look at
%systemroot%\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore\xxxx-xx-xx xx.xx.xx.xxxx Disk.Assessment (Initial).WinSAT

for a more detailed view. You'll be happy to know what your real score should have been in there.

Edit: Under <metrics><diskmetrics>
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