I'm trying to make sense of why I experience significant differences between my two Seagate external hard drives. The one is 500GB system of a few years old and the other a 2TB of barely over a month young.
The problem is that in my experience the 500GB drive outperforms the 2TB drive in every aspect.
- Directory contents of the 500GB loads significantly faster than the 2TB when browsing with a filemanager.
- The 500GB mounts and unmounts quickly (under 2 seconds I'd say) while the 2TB can take from 5 up to 15 seconds and sometimes even slightly longer.
- The 500GB seem to copy more easily and reliable even for a large amount of files compared to the 2TB. Mostly the 500GB gets the job done while the 2TB starts off quick , feels like it gets stuck while copying (copying tested with DE drag-and-drop,
rsyncout of frustration), then freezes up when trying to navigate its files and directories .
Both have an indication light that turns on when it gets power and blinks to indicate activity. The 500GB shows activity during mounting, copying to/from, browsing its files and unmounting. It shows idle otherwise (mounted or not; even if my PWD of one terminal or tty is within its file system) which is fair. The 2TB also shows activity during the aforementioned operations, but for some bizarre reason when mounted it consistently shows activity every few seconds so it's never really idle.
All of this bugs me. I would really like the 2TB to be at least on par with the 500GB performance wise actually expecting improvements. I would also like the 2TB to be idle when I'm not doing anything with it. Why is there so much difference between the drives regarding performance, activity and idle?
Besides the total capacity of both drives here is some information to consider:
ntfs, 62% space used, few years old
ext4, 11% space used, barely over a month young
Is there anyone that have some explanation, advice, suggestions or a way for me to improve the operation of my 2TB external hard drive?