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Windows 7: Questions about my new harddrive

07 Oct 2011   #11
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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I get 26MB/sec, that's okay? Also to increase boot and loading of games for exmaple do I need to have all files running on the Samsung HDD?
That's about right for a USB 2.0 device. Extenal USB 2.0 drives are great for offsite storage, backups, etc. I would not however advise trying to run applications or games from them. Too slow.
So I shouldn't put Windows and some games on the external HDD?


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07 Oct 2011   #12
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

pparks is right! Run your "everyday stuff" and Windows itself from the build in drive simply because the transfer speed is better than the external USB v2.0. The more Data in-output your application does the better your off using the internal drive. Externals are great for storage...even for small applications that load once and then run from RAM but don't use it for hard drive intense programs like games, databases, office apps etc. if you can help it.

-DG
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07 Oct 2011   #13
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Oh great 50 euros wasted for nothing :/. Would games run better on the external HDD or on this internal HDD? Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB Hard Drive ( 6Y080L0 ) - Hard Drive - Maxtor Storage
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07 Oct 2011   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^ That internal hard drive was discontinued like years and years and years ago. Without a doubt, internal hard drives are going to outrun an external hard drive....except in the case of an eSATA (external SATA connection). USB3.0 is going to be much closer to the performance of an internal hard drive...but eSATA is typically your fastest option from an external standpoint. But an internal drive is always your best bet.
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07 Oct 2011   #15
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Solved, wasted 50 euro :l
Thanks!
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08 Oct 2011   #16
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I wouldn't say necessarily wasted. If you don't want to use it as a backup target, you could always take it out of the enclosure and mount it internally. (It might not be a SATA drive though, so you might need an adapter)
-DG
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08 Oct 2011   #17
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
I wouldn't say necessarily wasted. If you don't want to use it as a backup target, you could always take it out of the enclosure and mount it internally. (It might not be a SATA drive though, so you might need an adapter)
-DG
So you mean break open the case it's in?
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08 Oct 2011   #18
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Since you have the external drive, why not keep it around for making backups...that way your important data will be safe.
You could use it as an internal drive, but chances are that it's only a 5400rpm drive with a relatively limited cache (pretty much all internal drives do 7200rpm and are noticeably faster in sustained throughput rates), so you would eventually feel it being slow, though not as slow as through USB.
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08 Oct 2011   #19
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Since you have the external drive, why not keep it around for making backups...that way your important data will be safe.
You could use it as an internal drive, but chances are that it's only a 5400rpm drive with a relatively limited cache (pretty much all internal drives do 7200rpm and are noticeably faster in sustained throughput rates), so you would eventually feel it being slow, though not as slow as through USB.
How would I use it as an internal drive then? I can't find a way to open the external hdd
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08 Oct 2011   #20
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Provided the HDD is in some kind of enclosure, there should be at least 2-4 screws to open it. Possibly hidden under stickers of some sort. And yes, Corazon is right, they mostly put drives in there that would otherwise not sell anymore
like 54000rpm/IDE drives instead of 7200 rpm SATAs

-DG
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