Re: Hard Drive performance question..
sata II? Do you mean the transfer rate? 3.5GB or 1.5GB? (Gigabit's I believe).
Well, if your drive is making noises or becoming loud, those are the disc's vibrating as they are written to, all of that heat you know.
Well, If your looking for a way to increase your download speeds, I'd suggest a faster internet connection. If you want faster seek times, i.e, the amount of time it takes for the hard drive to pull up information and display it or, for programs to run is your seek time.
A hard drive isn't always writing(I might be chastised later for this) it's more reading than anything. Your processor is taking information off the drive, any information directly related to programs and placing them in the ram chips you have installed. So, really, it's a lot of things before you would see a tweak in overall performance of your computer.
Upgrade your ram and buy another 500GB drive. As far as speeding up your upgrades, you would have to increase the connection speed to the internet, meaning, if your on a dsl, try the highest down rate they have, you will usually see them from the provider.
High download speeds from your service provider increase your download speed. Everything else, is based on your hardware.(lengthy reply, im sorry)
i5 2400 @ 3.10Ghz | 16GB RAM | 500GB + 1TB | GTX 750Ti