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Windows 7: How to move files to[wards] end of hard drive

22 Oct 2018   #11

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

For one thing location is determined by the OS. Secondly IMO the time it takes to move the files wouldn't save you any time even if there is a time savings in copy time. It's not like the files would be instantly moved. You would have to wait for the time it takes for the OS to read the file and then write it back to the disk. Thirdly the bulk of the time lost isn't in drive write time but the time it takes to transfer it over the external connection since that is so much slower than the drive can handle. If you are using USB 2.0 they maybe you should consider going with eSata or USB 3.

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22 Oct 2018   #12

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

In this order, my connection choices would be USB 3.1, USB 3.0.

All three standards are much, much faster than USB 2.0, which tops out at 480Mbps. eSATA can deliver 6Gbps (older versions deliver 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps), USB 3.0 runs at up to 5Gbps and USB 3.1 should do 10Gbps. Thunderbolt can do 20Gbps.

OP is mistaken if belief is a file is written sequentially to drive, IT IS NOT!

The data is stored in a very orderly pattern on each platter. Bits of data are arranged in concentric, circular paths called tracks. Each track is broken up into smaller areas called sectors. Part of the hard drive stores a map of sectors that have already been used up and others that are still free. (The File Allocation Table or FAT) When the computer wants to store new information, it takes a look at the map to find some free sectors. Then it instructs the read-write head to move across the platter to exactly the right location and store the data there. To read information, the same process runs in reverse.

OP could purchase an External SSD if worried about speed!

About HDD write speed

The farther away from the inside of the disk platters you go, the higher the velocity of the head relative to the platter is. Therefore you can see peak sequential transfer speeds of up to 2X when comparing the outermost area of a hard drive platter to the innermost. This can be verified with a utility such as HDTune.

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To take advantage of this, those seeking the highest performance from platter drives will often partition only the start of the drive, therefore formatting the drive to a lower capacity, utilizing the faster part of the hard drive. This process is called 'short-stroking'.

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