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Hard Disk Internal Performance Factors

I refer to performance considerations that relate only or primarily to the capabilities of the hard disk drive itself as internal performance factors. In theory, these are not subject to any restrictions imposed by the interface or other parts of the system, which means they should be reasonably consistent and even "portable" from one system to another. These are really the basis of hard disk performance, since they dictate the theoretical maximums. Note that many of these performance factors are inter-related and some overlap or are based on others listed here.

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