Increase hard drive performance
Posted on 2009-02-11
I'm trying to find out a way to increase the performance of my system, because it's only just over a year old, and I'm getting increasingly frustrated with how slow it is, even after a fresh format and re-install.
My hard drive seems to be far more active than what it used to. Trying to load some programs after reboot, like World of Warcraft for instance, means I have to listen to my drive thrash for 20-30 seconds before the program will load. Closing and re-opening the software yields much better results, as would be expected for my computer, so I have to think it's some kind of cache issue.
What's more, while i'm playing the game, there are times when it seems that a huge ammount of data is being loaded from my drive, causing my system to completely halt until the loading is done. One time, even my mouse cursor froze in spot and absolutely nothing could be done for 30 seconds or more. I could still hear the in-game sounds and the music I was playing still functioned without a hitch, but everything else froze.
I looked on google and found possibly a way to increase my HD performance, by enabling write caching, but I see the message "This device does not allow its write cache setting to be modified", and it's defaulted to off on both of my drives. I installed the intel matrix storage manager to see if that would help, but apparantly not.
Is there anything I can do, short of assuming that the drive is not working properly?
By the way, i'm running Vista 32bit