Which to use as system drive?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Hardware' started by thebellbell, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. thebellbell

    thebellbell New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    System Specs:
    ASRock P55 Extreme
    I5-760
    4GB DDR3 1333 Memory
    GTX-470
    WD20EARS - 2TB
    WD3200YS - 320GB

    I've been running this setup for a little over a year with the WD20EARS partitioned with the C with 175GB for Windows 7 Ultimate system and 1.64TB for data storage, I just got the WD3200YS today and from what I've been reading people seem to be saying that the WD20EARS arent good for Windows Home Server system but does the same apply to Windows 7?

    So should i format the C Drive partition on the WD20EARS, format the WD3200YS and install Windows 7 onto the WD3200YS to get better speeds or just leave the current setup?

    Using HD Tune

    Benchmark WD20EARS

    Minimum - 2.6 Mbs
    Maximum - 124.3 Mbs
    Average - 83.6Mbs
    Burst Rate - 140.3Mbs
    Access Time - 17.8Ms

    Benchmark WD3200YS

    Minimum - 36.8 Mbs
    Maximum - 63.6 Mbs
    Average - 54.5Mbs
    Burst Rate - 133.4Mbs
    Access Time - 13.7Ms
     
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
    Staff Member Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    Messages:
    5,456
    Likes Received:
    268
    I would use the WD3200YS as your system drive - it should improve system speed mainly because you will reduce current conflict in seek time having both system and data partitions on the same physical drive.
     
  3. Ralph Bromley

    Ralph Bromley Honorable Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2012
    Messages:
    571
    Likes Received:
    45
    I suggest the same, you can always use the one drive for windows itself and the other as storage.
    I have a very similar setup myself, one drive is devoted mainly to my OS's (both Windows and Linux) and the other is devoted to personal space
     

Share This Page

Loading...