View Full Version : Slow hard disks

11-05-2000, 01:46 PM
My friend's computer loads and saves files faster than mine, despite the fact that my computer is 50MHz faster. Is my hard disk slower? If so, can I speed it up or do I have to buy a new one?

- Prophet

11-05-2000, 07:59 PM
Probably. Hard disks are constantly getting faster as new models are being introduced.

You can buy the fastest IDE drive currently for sale, an IBM 15GB "DTLA", for about $100-115 (U.S.). If your current drive is more than about a year old or is a 5500 r.p.m. model you will notice a big difference.

As for speeding up your current drive, the only thing I can think of is to make sure the DMA check box is checked and to be sure that any "inf" driver upgrades written by your motherboard manufacturer are installed.

Oh yeah, defragmenting the drive might help too.

[This message has been edited by spondylolisthesis (edited 11-05-2000).]

Paleo Pete
11-07-2000, 09:01 AM
Could be other things too, less memory, programs running in the background, BIOS settings, slower RAM, video settings...

Check through the PC Guide Optimization (http://www.pcguide.com/opt/opt/index.htm) chapter for some things you can do to speed it up a bit.

If you had everything...Where would you put it?

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11-19-2000, 05:54 PM
Any Anti Virus loaded on your Hard disk..?

11-24-2000, 10:25 PM
DO NOT enable DMA transfers unless you are double-darn sure that your motherboard supports it.