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Overclocking hard drives

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Is there way way to over clock a standard 3.5 inch hard drive by increasing the rotation speed.

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No. Also it wouldn't be overclocking as there's no clock involved.

 

It might be possible if you could dump the firmware and were able to edit it, whether you'd get a usable drive at the end is a different matter.


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42 minutes ago, Master Disaster said:

It might be possible if you could dump the firmware and were able to edit it, whether you'd get a usable drive at the end is a different matter.

Even if one could modify the firmware to push the platter-motor to higher speed, there's no guarantee that the components on the PCB could handle the higher current passing through them. Also, there is no saying if the actual physical construction itself could handle that, like e.g. the higher rotational speed of the platters would create more turbulence on the drive-head and it might not be able to handle that anymore, becoming unstable and therefore not able to correctly read or write anymore.


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57 minutes ago, Faisal A said:

Is there way way to over clock a standard 3.5 inch hard drive by increasing the rotation speed.

No. There is what is known as Short-Stroking where you only use the fastest area of the disc to store files, at the cost of storage space.
If you require performance storage look at buying a SSD. The fastest HDD will be worse than the slowest SSD.


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