How can I speed up my hard drive?

Mohammed Essam January 13, 2013

I have a Western Digital Green 1TB hard drive. Lately, it seems to be very slow, taking a long time to transfer files and etc. What can I do?

  1. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

    If the settings are just fine as suggested by people above try defragmenting. Perfectdisk is the best in the business for this purpose

  2. Abhishek Ambre
    February 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Dude if its taking long time for transfer then its not probably only your hard drives fault...maybe your system has gotten slow altogether or virus issues, how ever as a startup step why not try defragmenting your hard disk using disk defragmenter.

  3. Alexandra Momo
    February 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Well you can always download more ram... (too funny)

    but seriously, I think you will be fine with what Paul Pruitt said if you don't want to waste too much time on that problem.

  4. Jagbir Sembhi
    January 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    You can't really speed the hard drive because the motor inside hard drive can only handle certain rpm's.

  5. Francis Pillow
    January 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    If hardware is ok I recommend Disktrix UltimatDefrag which optimizes drive layout for speed increase

  6. Curtis C.
    January 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Is your hard drive out of space? If it is try cleaning out some junk using ccleaner

  7. Steve Taylor
    January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

    There was a time when nobody thought we could ever fill up a 1TB hard drive. Those times are gone.
    Have you checked your free space? My rule of thumb has always been to not go over 75% full on a data drive, even less on the drive with your OS.

    Also, defrag! Windows 7 should be doing this automatically, but XP you have to set up a schedule or do it manually.

    • Mohammed Essam
      January 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

      what if i can't get rid of the data

  8. Adrian Bagnato
    January 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

    You gotta provide us with more information.
    Is it USB 2 or 3? In fact, is it USB at all?
    Did you recently install or make any changes to your computer?
    How old is the hard drive?
    Is it a portable or desktop hard drive?

    If it's a few years old then maybe you should upgrade, my TV shows collection itself is over 1TB...

    • Mohammed Essam
      January 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

      - Desktop hard drive USB 2
      i 've changed nothing, it is about year old

  9. Igor Rizvi?
    January 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    firsty you can reguraly defrag it,use disk cleanup... or if your using somethign with intel..try out readyboost application from intel...

  10. dragonmouth
    January 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Pull the cables off and re-install them. Sometimes they may get loose or the contacts may get dirty. It never hurts to re-seat the cables.

  11. Shankar C
    January 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    try reinstalling windows or clean temporary files using tuneup utilities or glary utilities pro

    • Mohammed Essam
      January 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

      already instaled

  12. Jim Chambers
    January 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Is your HDD partitioned into several drives with for example C: for OS, D: for Data etc.. If so the C: drive may be too small and you need to enlarge it with program such as MT Partition Wizard. If you put everything on your Desktop, move it to other folders or partitions and put shortcuts to it on Desktop. Use Windows Disk Cleanup/Clean up system files/More options to delete old restore points and Ccleaner to delete unused programs then delete junk files and clean registry. Finally defrag and optimize with Auslogics Disk Defrag. To test drive get WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows.

    • Qin Tang
      January 14, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Actually agree, some free utility software like Partition Wizard is really great partition software, and Ccleaner is best Windows cleaning software and will speed up your computer.

  13. Ahmed Musani
    January 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    you can install Seagate tools to check your hard drive. it performs certain tests and letes you know the health. dont worry it can work on your western digital hard drive too. besides this you can perform a defragmentation too which will organize the data.

    • Mohammed Essam
      January 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Thanks i ll try that

  14. Oron Joffe
    January 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Mohammed, two suggestions:
    1. Check the health of the disc with a suitable package (see list at

    2. Defragment the disc. You can use any defrag package, but I particularly recommend "My Defrag", which is a free defragger which also optimises the layout of the files on the disc.

  15. ha14
    January 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

    perhaps it is something related to windows speed transfer

  16. Paul Pruitt
    January 13, 2013 at 2:59 am

    When the old style platter hard drives reach greater than 50% full their performance begins to degrade. Get rid of files and programs you don't use and get it below 50% full. Of course also defragment.

    Another thing to do is blow out yoour PC with compressed air. Dust buildup increase the internal temperature of the PC and its drives higher and making the drive performance slower.

  17. Jan Fritsch
    January 13, 2013 at 2:43 am

    If you changed something in your hardware or BIOS/EFI configuration make sure you didn't limit the SATA channel bandwidth (e.g. forcing SATA1) and didn't connect your drive to a slower SATA channel.

    Other then that defragmenting the drive is pretty much the only option to get a little speed back.

    You may also want to check your drive whether the issues are "health" related e.g. too much bad sectors and similar using e.g. CrystalDiskInfo. Maybe it's just too old and needs to be replaced.

    • Mohammed Essam
      January 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

      I hav'nt changed anything, also i installed WD program that tells me weather this drive/ hard disk is healthy or needs defrag or not and everything is ok

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