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Hi,

I've got a 2TB Hitatchi 7200 RPM internal hard drive. I find whenever I'm doing a large transfer, i.e, from a FireWire drive to my computer (like all my Steam game backups) or restoring my 150GB game backup file in Steam, the computer kind of slows to a halt.

Safari takes a long time to load pages, opening documents, or whatever it is, it's really slow. Now, I have experienced this before but not to this extent. It's really bad.

Could it be a software or driver issue? Or is perhaps my drive dying?

Currently, according to resource monitor, not very much is happening. Under the Disk tab, and in the disk activity section I see multiple Safari's, Steam's, Taskmgr's, etc., is that normal?

Steam is jumping between 14KB/s and 70KB/s. I've also got a queue length of 0.01 for my C drive.

Any thoughts?

EDIT: Like even now, the disk doesn't seem to be very active. It's only using between 0 and 500KB/s (usually amounts a lot less) and doesn't really get more than 3% highest active time. But it's unbearably slow....?
Scratch that... it's fine. It's just the internet -.-

It's still slow during large transfers though...
Edited by steelbom - 7/23/11 at 6:37pm
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Safari? Firewire? what?
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Safari? Firewire? what?
Huh?

When I'm transferring large files from a FireWire drive to my internal drive... the computer goes incredibly slow. And Safari is a web browser, in resource monitor I was seeing multiple exe's of it but only one is running, and the same for Steam, etc.
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Wait, so is this a Mac?

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Safari takes a long time to load pages, opening documents, or whatever it is, it's really slow. Now, I have experienced this before but not to this extent. It's really bad.

Could it be a software or driver issue? Or is perhaps my drive dying?
That says more about your internal drive not being able to cope with the speed. A slower interface (like USB2) might be better for OS responsiveness.

Have you checked the SMART info on your drives, to see if there's any problems listed?
     
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Wait, so is this a Mac?
Yep.
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That says more about your internal drive not being able to cope with the speed. A slower interface (like USB2) might be better for OS responsiveness.
Ah, I see. Thanks.
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Have you checked the SMART info on your drives, to see if there's any problems listed?
No, how would I go about doing that?

Thanks
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No, how would I go about doing that?
Normally I would know - but I don't actually own a Mac.

-> http://download.cnet.com/SMARTReport...6_4-49263.html
-> http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...n/duh1896.html

If you can find a whole bunch of SMART gibberish (like this), then we can decipher it for you. We just need a screenshot.

Quote:
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Ah, I see. Thanks.
If your system drive gets hit with less write requests from the copy, it'll respond quicker to your web browser's reads/writes.

It is strange though... you'd think your OS would deprioritize the file copy.
     
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Normally I would know - but I don't actually own a Mac.

-> http://download.cnet.com/SMARTReport...6_4-49263.html
-> http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...n/duh1896.html

If you can find a whole bunch of SMART gibberish (like this), then we can decipher it for you. We just need a screenshot.
All right, I see. Thanks. I'll have a look at this stuff tomorrow, seeing as my internet is capped until then at like 32KB/s, da interwebz are unbearable.

EDIT: Just in case it isn't clear, I'm in Windows 7 at the moment, not Lion.
Quote:
If your system drive gets hit with less write requests from the copy, it'll respond quicker to your web browser's reads/writes.

It is strange though... you'd think your OS would deprioritize the file copy.
Mmm, yeah. I even had the computer freeze once because of this. First time that's happened I think. It's not a good idea having a 2TB HDD as a boot drive
Edited by steelbom - 7/23/11 at 8:10pm
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what is a Mac?
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Oh, you're on Win7?

Grab HDTune and post a screenshot of the Health tab. (For both drives, if possible)
     
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what is a Mac?


Mac R PC
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Oh, you're on Win7?

Grab HDTune and post a screenshot of the Health tab. (For both drives, if possible)
Ah yeah, I probably should of mentioned that. The tasks I'm performing can be done on either, but I didn't think of that

All right, I'm downloading it now. It's going at a whopping 1.5KB/s... 320KB / 1.4MB... only eight minutes to go. Steam is actually trying to download stuff even though I'm only restoring backups, I think...
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Core i5 6600K ASRock Z170 Pro4 ASUS Radeon RX 480 ROG Strix Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB 3000MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
Samsung 850 EVO Noctua NH-D15 LG 34" Ultrawide (LG34UC98) Corsair HX750i 
Case
Silverstone FT05B-W 
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Kasuf
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 6600K ASRock Z170 Pro4 ASUS Radeon RX 480 ROG Strix Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB 3000MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
Samsung 850 EVO Noctua NH-D15 LG 34" Ultrawide (LG34UC98) Corsair HX750i 
Case
Silverstone FT05B-W 
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