In the Hardware Leaderboard you will occasionally see a recommendation to partition a 1.5TB HDD into a 300GB partition for your OS and programs, leaving the remainder for storage. This is because doing so on that size of drive will put the 300GB partition onto the ‘sweet spot’ of the drive which is functionally faster than the remainder. Many have been doing this long before the advice was offered on the HWLB and not even thought to recommend it to friends as it has become an ingrained habit that they do not even think of consciously anymore. Not so TechARP who assembled a guide on how to do this and an explanation of why it is that you gain so much speed from a simple partitioning. They’ve recently updated the article so it seems an appropriate time to remind readers about this trick and to perhaps introduce the trick to some who are unaware of it. Sooner or later 1.5TB drives will fall in price to the point where they are easily affordable again.
"That’s a really catchy title, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to turn a "slow" 7,200 RPM hard disk drive into a super-fast 10,000 RPM Western Digital VelociRaptor? After all, the 300 GB model of the much-vaunted HDD speed king retails for US$ 199.99, while a 1.5 TB Barracuda 7200.11 only costs US$ 109.99. Imagine getting the performance of the VelociRaptor with the capacity and price of the Seagate Barracuda!"
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