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Solved: Laptop Hard Drive 150/300 Advice Please... :(

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by paulb100, Apr 9, 2008.

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  1. paulb100

    paulb100 Thread Starter

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    Ive have replaced a Toshiba 60Gb SATA150 5400rpm drive for a Seagate 120Gb SATA300 7200rpm drive, is there a program that can test performance of both so I can see the diff.?

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    I used Passmark Performance Test Free Version on both drives.. the 1st test on both seemed great showing 30% increase on new drive but to be sure i retested both several times (while all other apps and superfetch closed) but on the 2nd test on the slower drive showed the results to be virtually exactly the same...

    1st test....
    OLD NEW
    20.6 32.9 Sequential Read
    23.0 31.9 Sequential Write
    1.78 2.49 Random Seek + RW
    164.2 243.3 Overall Disk Mark
    32.8 48.7 Passmark SCORE

    2nd + 3rd + 4th tests all were similar
    OLD NEW
    32.9 33.4 Sequential Read
    29.2 31.3 Sequential Write
    2.09 2.51 Random Seek + RW
    229.0 243.0 Overall Disk Mark
    45.8 48.6 Passmark SCORE

    as you can see the 1st test showed about 30% increase which is what i expected from a drive that spins 30% faster...but as I tested on the scores were virtually the same and sometimes the old drive was BETTER than the new... is the is PASSMARK software really any good? how could it measure the 30% less score then 1 minute later measure it 30% better??? (im aware the hard-drive might be accesing for windows but everything was closed and ensured no disk activity was active whilst testing)

    ALSO: I have read about the SATA300 that you need to remove the Jumper from the drive.. I have done this and the tests are EXACTLY THE SAME... what does this mean?

    I was expecting a 50% decrease in load times as I was switching from 5400rpm 150 to 7200rpm 300

    can anyone shed some light on this and advise of some decent software used to test throughput of hard drives??


    THANKS
     
  2. paulb100

    paulb100 Thread Starter

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    ive just used HDTUNE to test both drives and it showed the older 5400rpm 150 drive to max at 34.5 MB/s with 29.3 MB/s average and the new 7200rpm 300 drive max at 59.5MB/s with 45.5MB/s Average - a great improvement and what i was expecting..
    ALSO: the SATA300 is exactly the same... I reckon my motherboard doesnt support it and even though im enabling it through the jumper the BIOS/Windows is disabling it to 150 as tests are exact same - infact desktop tray icons were a fraction slower at loading under 3Gbs than the 1.5Gbs forced with jumper...
     
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