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  • I have using WHS since the first Beta and I have loved it.  I presently have a 7T server which I made myself and overall it is awesome.  As I need to upgrade the existing 500g WD which is my primary drive, will I get a speed improvement in using a SSD (160 gig) or a 300gig Velociraptor as my primary drive.  Read an article on Anandtech that claimed drive performnace was the limiter in network performance.  Anyone have any thoughts on this?
    Monday, August 3, 2009 6:35 AM

Answers

  • I don't think that you see an improvent on your WHS. Ok, you system will boot up faster.

    The server speed in operation will not change because the user data in your shares is read and written to/from your other disks.
    And these are still the same. On a system with multiple disks, a write will not go to the landing zone of the system drive instead it's written directly on the data disk.

    Martin
    LightsOut - Power Management for Windows Home Server http://www.home-server-blog.de/add-ins/lightsout/#en
    Monday, August 3, 2009 7:16 AM
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  • I don't think that you see an improvent on your WHS. Ok, you system will boot up faster.

    The server speed in operation will not change because the user data in your shares is read and written to/from your other disks.
    And these are still the same. On a system with multiple disks, a write will not go to the landing zone of the system drive instead it's written directly on the data disk.

    Martin
    LightsOut - Power Management for Windows Home Server http://www.home-server-blog.de/add-ins/lightsout/#en
    Monday, August 3, 2009 7:16 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for the response.  I am not surprised at the answer.  Thanks again.
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 5:16 AM
  • pcdoc1958 and Martin

    I was researching about speeding WHS since mine is a dog (4-6 MBps) and found an interesting article.

    http://on10.net/blogs/EnglishBloke/How-can-I-speed-up-my-Windows-Home-Server-file-copies/

    Seems that the problem is the WHS drive extender: All the files that you copy into the server actually pass by the D partition first (that is on the same drive as the OS). That was not a problem with the home-made server using WinXP (data goes straight to drive as Martin said)

    So in theory increasing the drive performance of the C drive (and D partition) will actually considerably increase the performance of the WHS.

    I might try swapping my WHS primary drive to an spare Raptor 150 I have in my gaming computer.

    If it works I will consider a  Velociraptor (heard bad things about SSD performance dropping quick outside Windows 7)

    Friday, November 13, 2009 6:36 PM
  • pcdoc1958 and Martin

    I was researching about speeding WHS since mine is a dog (4-6 MBps) and found an interesting article.

    http://on10.net/blogs/EnglishBloke/How-can-I-speed-up-my-Windows-Home-Server-file-copies/

    Seems that the problem is the WHS drive extender: All the files that you copy into the server actually pass by the D partition first (that is on the same drive as the OS). That was not a problem with the home-made server using WinXP (data goes straight to drive as Martin said)

    So in theory increasing the drive performance of the C drive (and D partition) will actually considerably increase the performance of the WHS.

    I might try swapping my WHS primary drive to an spare Raptor 150 I have in my gaming computer.

    If it works I will consider a  Velociraptor (heard bad things about SSD performance dropping quick outside Windows 7)

    That article is almost 2 years old and no longer applies (Power Pack 1 significantly changed how DE works).
    Friday, November 13, 2009 7:12 PM
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