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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Examining Hard Drive Performance Spe...

Examining Hard Drive Performance Specifications

If you’re looking to add another drive to your system, your starting point should be the drive itself: specifically, its theoretical performance specifications. Compare the drive’s average seek time with other drives (the lower the value, the better). In addition, pay attention to the rate at which the drive spins the disk’s platters. A 7,200 RPM (or higher) drive will have noticeably faster performance than, say, a 5,400 RPM drive. Many notebook hard drives are even slower than that!


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