Seagate Momentus 7200.4 thread

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  1. miner

    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Thats a 512 bytes per sector drive...
    http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/datasheet/disc/ds_momentus_fam.pdf
     
  2. Audizzz

    Audizzz Notebook Consultant

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    Is it possible to format this HDD with a NTFS cluster size that is 4096 bytes (4K) using fresh Windows 7 install(there is an option before Win7 install)?
     
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    miner Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    4K should be the default cluster size.
     
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    Audizzz Notebook Consultant

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    do you know why I have 512 Bytes? at the windows instal it was on default option.
     
  5. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    See the spec's here:

    See:
    ST9500420ASG Momentus 7200.4 SATA 3Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive | Seagate


    This is not an advanced format drive.

    Your sector size is 512KB.

    Your cluster size is 4096KB with a default Windows 7 (clean) install.

    You can check this by making a text file with a single character (eg. 'A') as the whole content. If you save this .txt file (doesn't matter what you name it) and right click on the file, choose properties and check the file size it should be 4KB (4096 Bytes).

    Hope this helped.
     
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    Audizzz Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks I got it now, my mistake. I have sector size 512kb, new drives have now 4kb sector.
     
  7. StephenWJ

    StephenWJ Newbie

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    Probably much too late to reply as you will have discovered that this is either a fault with the hard disk electronics or the interface to the hard disk itself. I had the same problem with an HP Pavillion DV7 with the same drive, and managed to get mine going again by removing and cleaning the contacts on the pcb - the disk drive then worked for long enough to create the system image needed in case it goes again and I have to replace the hard drive completely. It looks to me as if the cooling is insufficient, as the pcb is tarnished with age, and is only 18 months old.
     
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    kriggs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Guys, i'm managing to get ~40mb/s in average in HD Tune Pro on my ST9500420AS, any ideas where i can find the bottleneck?

    Rest of specs:
    Asus N53SV-SX1
    12gb ram 1333mhz
    i7 2630qm
    GT540m
    1xSeagate momentus, that came with the notebook
     
  9. Audizzz

    Audizzz Notebook Consultant

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    check Health/Smart of your HD first

    using HD tune pro
    and Hard Disk Sentinel (for bad sectors) programs
     
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    kriggs Notebook Enthusiast

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    Health is green, what can i make out of the SMART? (See attach)

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