I often get asked what computer should be bought for use with graphics software. It is an impossible question to answer as I don’t know every computer available. It also doesn’t help that rarely am I provided with a budget. There can be many variations on the answer depending on any particular users needs. The real key is to have fast components and one of the slowest components in any computer is the hard drive. Any time data has to be read from or written to the hard drive, the speed of the drive will determine how long the process takes.
If you want your computer to go faster, one of the best solutions is to make sure you have a faster hard drive. SSD drives are really fast, but they come with higher prices. The Western Digital Velociraptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB SATA Hard Drive gives you very good speed with a reasonable price. No, it isn’t going to be the cheapest drive you can buy. The average read speed for this drive is 161.9 MB/s compared with the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid drive I discussed in January 2012 that has an average read speed of 91.3 MB/s. The average write speed of 160.5 MB/s is also much better than the Momentous’ speed of 89.1 MB/s. These speeds are very impressive! This drive combines a 10,000 RPM (revolutions per minute) spin with a 64 MB cache and 6.0 GB/s SATA support to hit such high marks. So if you are looking for a hard drive to speed up your machine, this is a drive you definitely should investigate.