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Win 8.1 and Disk Drives

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    Win 8.1 and Disk Drives


    Hi again,
    I was wondering if this would seem normal regarding disk transfer speeds? I cannot be sure but I am almost positive I was getting a faster transfer with Win 8 rather than 8.1.

    I have numerous drives, and just checked them out using that horrible Japanese Anime program called Crystal Bench.

    My drive speeds are as follows - (The SATA 6 and USB 3.0 look pretty poor) - I also tried the ASUS USB 3.0 Turbo boost on my Seagate portable drive - it did NOTHING!

    Any ideas if this is normal or is something throttling the bandwidth somewhere?

    1: Main System Drive - Intel 520 - 256GB - Read/Write = 469/237

    2: Storage - WD 1.0 TB Sata 6 Read/Write = 189 /190


    3: Storage - WD 500GB Sata 6 Read/Write = 110 / 113


    4: Storage - Seagate Sata 6 1.0TB Read Write = 90.3 / 109


    5: Add On Seagate 1.0Tb "Expansion USB3" Read /Write = 109 / 105


    Are these acceptable numbers or is something slowing things down? I can understand the Seagate on point 4, it is quite an old disk.

    The new Seagate Expansion is a bit of a let down as it offers ASUS USB 3.0 BOOST - which takes it from 109- 109.5 under turbo boost - hardly worth the effort. (And it keeps crashing - brand new today!!!)

    Any thoughts guys or am I just expecting too much?

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    There are several "Colors" of WD HDDs, with "Green" being the slowest and "Black" the fastest. If it's any consolation to you, both of myWD are of "green" variety and are less than half that speed. Kingston V300 SSD of 12o GB gets about same performance as your Intel SSD which should be faster. Are you sure it is in AHCI mode ? As for that USB3 drive, do you have USB3 drivers installed but in any case, USB drive performance is pretty varied from drive to drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    There are several "Colors" of WD HDDs, with "Green" being the slowest and "Black" the fastest. If it's any consolation to you, both of myWD are of "green" variety and are less than half that speed. Kingston V300 SSD of 12o GB gets about same performance as your Intel SSD which should be faster. Are you sure it is in AHCI mode ? As for that USB3 drive, do you have USB3 drivers installed but in any case, USB drive performance is pretty varied from drive to drive.
    Thanks,
    not sure what my WD 1.0TB is, the Intel is the system disk so it might be slowing down due to that reason in the benchmark. As for the Seagate USB 3.0 - yes, the USB 3.0 drivers are installed, part of the AI Suite, on the P8Z77V Deluxe motherboard.

    So from what you are saying then my speeds don't look too bad, thanks!
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    That SSD should be able to do better, specially on Intel platform but they are so fast that it is unlikely you would see the difference even if the speeds are double. Just check that it is in AHCI mode in BIOS, it is important for SSDs but not for HDDs.
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    Using an Intel SSD, you may want to use the Intel RST driver.
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...adType=Drivers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sardonicus View Post
    Using an Intel SSD, you may want to use the Intel RST driver.
    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...adType=Drivers
    Thanks,
    I already have RST installed as part of the BIOS for the motherboard, but is this driver not just for RAID arrays?
    I only use the SSD as a System Disk, I do not use RAID.
    When I run my Intel SSD toolbox, it checks for firmware and driver updates and according to Intel the current drivers are correct.
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    My current drivers are as shown, which I believe to be correct.

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