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Windows 7: Do HD speeds affect performance?

10 Jun 2010   #1

7, OSX, XP
Do HD speeds affect performance?

Hi there,

I wonder if anyone on this forum might be able to throw some light onto; or offer some advice on this issue:

The HD (Samsung HS06TBH 60gb spindle speed 4200rpm) on my netbook (Apricot Picobook, VIA C7-M 12000mhz, 1 GB(Max) ram) died a while back, (it was running XP pro) as the OEM drive was a bit pricey a got a good deal on a used ex iPod Samsung HS081HA 80gb spindle speed 3600rpm),

Fitted the new drive, formatted etc, loaded Windows 7 ultimate, loaded OK, no issues found in the device manager, defraged, so should all be OK.

However it ran painfully slow, much slower than the old XP Build, so slow in fact that Iíve reloaded XP onto this new 3600rpm drive, which I must add is also running slow in comparison to the old XP build on the old 4200rpm drive.

Now do you think this is this down to the use of a slower HD drive, and do I have to go back to a 4200rpm drive to get the most out of windows 7.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2010   #2

Drive Speeds

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums!
Hard Drives have many differentiations, size, type and of course access speeds.
Speeds come in a huge varities, a rule of thumb is the higher the speeds the more expensive. I run a pair of seagates and the access speeds are 7200 rpm, SSD's are the latest technology as these are huge flash drives but they are way faster and of course more cash is required. There strength is that they have no mechanical parts to wear out.
Getting back to your issue, if you are noticing a differences with the new drive then by all means swap it out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

I would use a drive which spins at least 4200rpm for your netbook
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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