On Mon, 24 Dec 2007 07:20:00 -0600, alanho wrote:
>It is clear from my tests that data transfer is faster when moving
>files from one hard drive to another - it is twice as fast as moving
>data between partitions on the same drive.
Yes, that's because the two disks can work simultaneously. It is
to be expected.
>Does this mean that I would be better to reorganise the computer so
>that the OS and programmes are on a separate hard disc to the one
>storing Documents and data files...?
This depends on many factors. The swapfile is a crucial file if
you don't have much RAM.
It all depends very much on what you do with the computer. One
question is this:
What are you doing on the computer when you perceive it as slow?
In other words, what exactly, which processes, would you like to
Generally there are different ways to make a computer faster.
Often the most cost-effective and most effective overall is to
add RAM. Sometimes a faster hard disk or one with NCQ (Native
Command Queueing) enabled does the trick. As a heavier measure,
a system of two or more disks, RAID 0 or RAID 1, perhaps RAID 5,
can lead to increased speed, albeit at a high cost of reduced
reliability, cooling problems, more noise, higher complexity,
higher cost, etc. Very occasionally a more powerful processor
helps. And there is defragmentation, see
>How is your computer set up in this regard - and why ...?
I have one large hard disk with one large partition and a couple
of external SATA hard disks for backup. The hard disk is
NCQ-capable, and NCQ is enabled, which accelerates multiple
simultaneous copying processes wonderfully.
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