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Smile Dramatic speed increase from drive replacement

I've just replaced my failing 80GB 2MB-cache 5400rpm Seagate A-drive by an 80GB 8MB-cache 7200rpm Western Digital drive. The performance increase on the menus is staggering. From taking several seconds to go into menus, programme details, etc, it now goes in more or less instantly.

The drives contained exactly the same programs, database, fragmentation, etc, since one was a direct dd image copy of the other. The old drive had one small surface fault, and no SMART errors, so I don't think that was slowing down the old drive. I don't see much point in getting a cachecard now. Is this why some people think that getting a cachecard didn't speed anything up?

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I noticed a HUGE speed improvement when changing my original 40gb drive with a 120gb drive.

At first, I thought it was because theer was nothing on it but now it's 90%+ full, it's just as zippy.

It's nice, but confusing! I was convinced a larger drive would slow things down.

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Unfortunately, as posted on another thread, my TiVo has now failed, probably due to a faulty PSU. But the speed increase was amazing; until it failed.

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Sorry to hear about your TiVo

Both my TiVo's have replacement 120Gb, 8Mb cache, 7200 WD's so maybe that's why the cachecard had little effect for me.

I removed the RAM over a week ago and I honestly notice zero difference.

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The new larger drive is likely to have a bigger cache than the original (I can't remember if those had one at all) also I would expect it to store more data per cylinder and therefore have a higher throughput for the same rotation speed (higher if you got a 7200RPM drive)

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