Thanks.Yes, an older HDD could be the problem. Modern SATA 3.5" (and probably 2.5") HDDs should be able to sustain 100MB/sec + reads (most will do 180MB/sec +), and hopefully 100MB/sec + writes (most PMR drives will do 150MB/sec, some SMR may drop below 100MB/sec).
2TB nvme is like C$260Manufacturers always stick the most bottom of the barrel slow 5400 rpm HDDs in laptops it seems. Then they can justify charging an arm and a leg for a SSD "upgrade", when the SSD should have been the standard option to begin with. First thing I would do even with a brand new laptop is to buy a SSD and swap it in right away. They always load it with a bunch of crapware anyway so you may as well just clean install too and have a nice fresh installation right off the bat. You can buy a 1TB SSD for under $200 these days, they've gotten really cheap.
I suggest that the answer depends on the throughput you purchased and the fact that a drive that can absorb 100MB/s to begin with, can do so for a much longer time as well.Right now I get 100 to 111 MB/sec for the first few seconds then only 40 to 50 MB/sec
Is the old laptop hard drive on my spare pc the problem ?
You are mixing megabits and megabytes in the same sentence...I suggest that the answer depends on the throughput you purchased and the fact that a drive that can absorb 100MB/s to begin with, can do so for a much longer time as well.
So, did you sign on for 50 MB/s ( 400 Mbs) downloads ? If so, what is happening is the ISP providing a burst service on the first few seconds and dropping the throughput back to the expected rate subsequently.
Happens here too (Rogers). I have 18 MBs service but for the first 10 seconds or so the rate is ~ 30, then drops down to 21.3 thereafter.
Kinda makes me want to upgrade , eh ? But maybe that's the reason for it .
In English what he is saying is that the exhaust pipe on your laptop keeps getting clogged and slows down! The solution is to purchase a 100T SSD drive! They are pretty cheap right now at Circuit city!!!OP, it also depends on how full the drive is. The slowness is only worse once it fills up and you exhaust the initial write cache.