Why does my MBP access the hard drive so much more in Windows 7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kuykee, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. kuykee macrumors newbie

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    When I'm booted in OS X I hardly ever hear the hard drive clicking or reading information off the disk directly after booting. But when booting into Windows 7 the hard drive clicks and reads and makes noise a lot more often.

    Is this something to do with the design of Windows? Like... the way data is organised on an NTFS disk/fragmentation etc? I run Defraggler pretty often, although often in Quick Defrag mode.

    Anyway, it was just a question, and probably a matter of operating system resource efficiency right? I.e. OS X is somehow more 'efficient' or loads crucial system files into RAM somehow better? I'm not sure, just speculating

    What do you guys think/know/speculate?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Windows does run defragmentation in the background, but not continuously.

    Anyways I find Windows to be more efficient than OS X. The former usually feels a lot faster in every application I use.
     
  3. noiseordinance macrumors regular

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    You can reduce a lot of the drive access by disabling drive indexing. This is the most likely culprit. You can also turn off defrag scheduling, and just run it when you need it.
     

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