General discussion


Speed up IDE hard drive access

By lordboboinsd ·
Is there a way that I can speed up my data access time by storing my information on multiple IDE hard drives on my personal home PC?

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

by AmberHaze In reply to Speed up IDE hard drive a ...

the short answer is not really, however depending on your exact situation, you might do something with a ramdrive to speed things up (do your actual work on the ram drive, then have it mirror to and from a HD at some reasonable interval.... (remember though.. if this is mission critical data, that in a power fail situation, all will be lost.... since the last mirroring.)

Collapse -

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Speed up IDE hard drive a ...

While Amber Haze is correct there are still a few things you can do to improve the current situation.

You can move all your Data into a single Folder on a Different HDD/Partition to the rest of the OS and Programs depending on how your computer is setup. You should frequently run the Defrag option as well to keep the data sequential and allow faster opening of it.

Once you need to go any further it starts to cost money and depending on your current drives they may need to be replaced with faster units running off a PCI Card. This could start with a PCI SATA controller Card to a Fast SCSI Card with the Ultra Fast SCSI HDD's but these are anything but cheap.


Collapse -

by ICB's corner In reply to Speed up IDE hard drive a ...

It's a good ideea to have a partition for o.s. only. Make a cache for hdd access.
If use 2 hdd with different ATA speed on the same ribbon then you have the lower speed when you work with both.
Have you got motherboard with RAID 0 function?
This function help you to increase data access speed.

Collapse -

by cmiller5400 In reply to Speed up IDE hard drive a ...

Make sure that the IDE channels are running DMA and not PIO if the drive supports DMA (most do these days) Do this in Device manager.

Related Discussions

Related Forums