Windows 10: How do i short stroke a mechanical hard drive?

  1.    18 Jan 2017 #1

    How do i short stroke a mechanical hard drive?

    I was doing research and found something about short stroking a hard drive, i read that your supposed to use hd tune and pay attention to where the blue line drops or something but i never figured out how id configure how much room id take from my hard drive so that i have the most optimal setting. And then i read subtract 15,20 or 25 percent of the space from the volume capacity?

    So which way is best when short stroking a mechanical hard drive?
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       18 Jan 2017 #2

    Google can find quite a few good explanations, such as this one.
    How to Partition Your Hard Drive to Optimize Performance | PCWorld

    But it also finds this cautionary opinion...
    So, don't cripple your hard disk drive using the "LBA mod" when you can achieve the same effect by partitioning the drive. If you want faster transfer rates and lower seek times for your operating system and applications, just partition off the outer tracks of your hard disk drive. The first partition of a hard disk drive will always contain the outermost tracks.
    Tech ARP -
    Modding A Barracuda 7200.11 Into A VelociRaptor Rev. 1.2

    So, thank you @smirk24 for asking. In researching this I finally know why so many OEM systems (like my Toshiba) put two partitions on their machines: a C: drive for the OS and a D: drive labelled 'Data' (been puzzling me for years).
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  3.    18 Jan 2017 #3

    I hope i understand this wrong but are you saying that in order to get the safe performance gain id have to make the 2 partitions before the install of windows? Because i tried the 20% and my sequiential reads went from 105 to 115? Lol faster is better so im all ears lol
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  4.    19 Jan 2017 #4

    Whole idea is to make disk look smaller to OS so it doesn't place files all over the disk but only on smaller part of it. That requires a partition smaller than whole disk so arm with the head has shorter way to travel (stroke), therefore "Short stroke". That requires making C: partition just right size to take OS and most important programs on with at least 10GB empty so OS can function properly. You can chose partition size while installing OS or repartition it after, effect is same.
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  5.    19 Jan 2017 #5

    That makes since thank you. So that means i didn't have to use 20% of my 500gb hard drive though wich is my fault obviously lol.
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  6.    19 Jan 2017 #6

    smirk24 said: View Post
    That makes since thank you. So that means i didn't have to use 20% of my 500gb hard drive though wich is my fault obviously lol.
    Can you show a picture of your disk management ?
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