Intel486dx33 wrote on 2022-06-13, 18:10:
Conventional mechanical Hard drives performed fine up until WIndows-7 from my recollection.
Win-10 made Hard drives run slow because of the all the bloatware ( Onedrive, Google Drive, iTunes, constant updates, backups, etc. )
Very true. The real elephant in the room right now with mechanical drives is Shingled Magnetic Recording (SHR). This is a terrible, awful, abominal devolution in the "spinning rust" market, and these drives are the true dogs of the mondo cane world.
I was burned once, just once with an SMR drive. Never again. They're simply awful, never should have been marketed. Their write performance on large files goes to the single-low Mb/sec level! So, no wonder Windows doesn't run well on "modern" spinning drives.
On a fast 7200-rpm CMR drive (read speeds = write speeds, non-shingled recording), Windows 10 can be usable, provided you prune it down a lot by getting rid of the bloat, turning off updates, or simply using LTSC. And that system, by the way, should be used as a data system, offline, no internet access! Use an SSD if you desire internet access, because you'll need one of the bloated, modern Windows 10 installs for the burden that "Web 2.0" saddles upon the modern Windows user.