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Windows 7: Disk drive recommendation

27 Oct 2015   #1

Windows 10 x64
Disk drive recommendation

I have a five-year-old HP desktop (i7-930 @ 2.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, Windows 7).

The original 1.5 TB drive died two years ago, and the 1 TB replacement (WD1002FAEX) seems to be a slower drive. I want to buy a faster one to replace it.

The motherboard SATA interface is listed as 3 GB/s (4 ports available).

How can I judge the speed of the existing drive, and how can I determine that of a potential replacement?

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27 Oct 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

First thing to do is Google. You have a 7200 rpm hard drive.

Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive -

Then a little more Googling.

Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive -

My personal recommendation would be to get a SSD and use the Drive you have now for data.

So members can be more helpful could you complete your system specs.
This tutorial by Brink should be helpful.

System Info - See Your System Specs

This is not helpful.
Computer type PC/Desktop
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27 Oct 2015   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Here is the spec on the 1 TB drive you mentioned:

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The speed is listed as 7200 RPM.

If you really want to get your machine moving faster, pick up a 250 GB SSD and put Windows on it, and use the 1TB drive for storage.

This is a good choice:

SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E250B/AM -

An SSD will make a world of difference in the speed of your machine. :)
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27 Oct 2015   #4

Windows 10 x64

I've looked at that Velociraptor. I'm told it's fast, but it's pretty pricey at $400 for the 1 TB model. I could get by with the 500 GB model, but that's $300. I was hoping that performance drives would be cheaper by now.

I would even settle for the same drive I had originally. The one that died. It was faster than the new drive. But I don't know the model number. I was really hoping to find either that one or an equivalently fast drive. Surely not as fast as that Velociraptor, but better than what I have now.

As for SSD ... the Samsung 500 GB pro model is around $200. I can't squeeze into 250 GB. And I'm not certain about compatibility with this five-year-old computer.

I just want to restore the speed I once had, and wait on SSD until my next computer in a year or two.
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27 Oct 2015   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Just get a Western Digital Black :) as Jack has suggested.

Oh my did he say to use Google

If your ports are only Sata 2 then that`s as fast as a hard drive will be, even a Sata 3 drive will only give you 3 Gbps.

It is what it is until you get a new board.
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27 Oct 2015   #6

Windows 10 x64

That drive he mentioned is the one I already have, the WD1002FAEX. The one I want to get rid of. I want my older, faster drive back! But I don't know what to look for. I have no model number, nor any other information about it.
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27 Oct 2015   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Where is the old drive ? What happened to it ?

Trash can ?

A Western Digital Black or a Seagate Barracuda are really your only options if you don`t want to use an ssd, nothing will be faster, I would suggest a fresh install, it will feel like lightning again.

And max out the memory, it always helps to AddRAM
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27 Oct 2015   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Also, have you defragmented the drive repeatedly until it gets done very quickly ?

Are you using Ccleaner daily ?
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28 Oct 2015   #9

Windows 10 x64

Reinstalling Windows won't help. The box got slower as soon as soon as the dead C: drive was replaced with the new WD Black (with a fresh Windows install).

And, yes, I'm defragged.

The second D: drive is a 500 GB model. It is much faster than the C: drive. Much. Files copy to/from that D: drive much faster than from C:.

Maybe that leads to the answer? I'll just copy everything from the 1 TB slow drive to the 500 GB faster drive (shedding around 150 GB of some disposable stuff from C:, in order to make what remains fit onto the 500 GB drive. Then that 500 GB will become the C: boot drive. And the 1 TB crap drive can become D: ... and it can be the repository for backups, and for stuff that can tolerate the slowness (such as videos). Speed: Yes. Price: Zero.
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28 Oct 2015   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Others have suggested this but you can get tons of speed for $50 with a 120 GB SSD. Only put Win 7 and a few programs that you use a lot on it and everything else on the HDD. You won't believe the difference.
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SV300S37A/120G -
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