Don’t forget, the fastest hard drive without IPv6 ….check your network info here
Do you have a SSD Drive? Here’s the optimization tips.
Test Your Hard Drive Speed With Windows 7′s Device Manager – You can test your hard drive speed by going to the Device Manager, Expanding the Hard Drive Controllers, select the Port and Click on the Test button. Make it Faster with (Free – See our Review) DiskMax and Defrag with Auslogics.
How about Roadkil.net’s Disk Speed? A nice little program if your hard drive test isn’t listed under the device manager.
Also check your computer’s hard drive with CheckDiskGUI.
Measure your hard drive speed using Winsat
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When tweaking your computer, you can use typical utilities found in one of our most active posts or you can use Winsat. Winsat will not give you fancy graphs but it will give a Windows rating and a time to complete specific tests. This can be a way of measuring your drives between tweaks.
At a command prompt run the following tweak as an administrator:
winsat disk -drive c (you can substitute c with the drive letter of your choice)
ATTO – “The industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage connectivity products” has great products and an excellent benchmarking utility that measures your hard drive’s I/O read/write ability.
Here’s a quick look at a laptop with Windows 7 vs. Server 2008 R2
Dell’s latest 5520 inspiron laptop
6 Gb Memory
500 Gb (Seagate)
Server 2008 R2 Custom
8 Gb RAM
2 TB Seagate Hard drive
What about caching programs to speed you up even more?
I’m always cautious when I hear about caching programs. Mickey sent me Bill Mullin’s link over to TechRepublic where Romex’s FancyCache is reviewed.
In its Beta release, FancyCache offers a simplex program that uses unused memory to boost the speed of your hard drive. But does it work? Yes. My Dell Inspirion is already fast, but with FancyCache, programs do open quicker and the computer is even more responsive. With the ability to tweak how I wanted to cache, I used 2gb of the 6gb of RAM on board in the settings.
The default settings alone were convincing enough to show how my computer sped up after a few minutes of use. Although my computer is a 64bit laptop, the caching methods used and the read/write cache algorithms did boost performance.
FancyCache is certainly beneficial for 32 bit users who are locked in at 3gb of RAM. FancyCache can take advantage of memory above this limit to speed up your computer. And whether you do or don’t elect to install FancyCache, at least tweak your settings in a 32 bit computer to tweak your memory. (See our Link)
The only problem I had was once I downloaded the software, it said it was expired. A quick check on their website and keys can be obtained here. The latest key is valid until July 2013.
Will I buy this product? I’m not sure yet, time and use of Fancycache will tell.
What about SSD Drives? Are they faster?
Yes, ATTO on an OCZ Vertex 3
Notice this Benchmark compared to the Seagate 6 Gb/s (above) that was at 70 MB/s this is a 75% increase in speed.
How to measure your hard drive speed.
Phrases you may hear in IT
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Upgrading Your Hard Drives Firmware
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Check your hard drive with CheckDiskGUI (Credit to Bill Mullins for finding this)
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