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Will a larger HDD slow down more as it fills than a smaller one?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys,

 

My NVMe & SATA SSDs are starting to fill up fast and I’ve decided to move some of my Steam games to an HDD but I have a question:

 

Will a larger (say 4TB) drive slow down more as it fills up then a smaller (say 1TB) drive does?

 

Lets say you took 2 drives of the same model, like WD Blacks, both 7200rpm, the only difference being that one is 1TB and the other is 4TB. If you filled them up to 80% of their respective overall capacities and then launched the same game on both of them will the 4TB one take longer?

 

Here is why I’m asking: I know mechanical HDDs use an arm thingy to search through the drive and find the information it’s looking for. But with a larger drive does it take longer to find and access this data due to having to search through more data compared to a smaller one?

 

Any insight or answers are appreciated.

 

Thanks!


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6 minutes ago, GamerBlake said:

Here is why I’m asking: I know mechanical HDDs use an arm thingy to search through the drive and find the information it’s looking for. But with a larger drive does it take longer to find and access this data due to having to search through more data compared to a smaller one?

No, the size of the read/write-head, the armature or the platters don't change and as such the read-speeds don't change, either. If anything, read-speeds will be better in a bigger drive, simply due to the density of the data. Write-speeds will change as the drive fills up, however, if it is an SMR-drive, due to how shingled magnetic recording works.


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no the larger drives are faster to being with and should stay faster. My X300 5tb did about 200mb/s empty and now gets about 160-170

 


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1 hour ago, GDRRiley said:

no the larger drives are faster to being with and should stay faster. My X300 5tb did about 200mb/s empty and now gets about 160-170

 

Oh ok thanks! I wasn’t sure because it just made sense to me that it would be slower.

 

Now I have no qualms with replacing my 1TB WD Blue with a 4TB WD Black.


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Read speeds are faster at the start of the drive, as there's physically more platter spinning under the head, then it tends to drop off gradually as you reach the end of the drive.

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2 hours ago, LunaP0n3 said:

Read speeds are faster at the start of the drive, as there's physically more platter spinning under the head, then it tends to drop off gradually as you reach the end of the drive.

Yeah I know that but is it slower at the end of a 4TB drive than a 1TB drive? Like if they are both 90% full?


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6 hours ago, GamerBlake said:

Oh ok thanks! I wasn’t sure because it just made sense to me that it would be slower.

 

Now I have no qualms with replacing my 1TB WD Blue with a 4TB WD Black.

my personal pick would be a toshiba X300 over a WD black,

3 hours ago, GamerBlake said:

Yeah I know that but is it slower at the end of a 4TB drive than a 1TB drive? Like if they are both 90% full?

no


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