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I just became a victim of a spontaneous HD death. Yeah, my 40GB maxtor bit it. Anyways... I pulled out my second 80GB sata drive and plugged it in and installed windows on this. My 40GB was my primary. Now, if I try to read to or more things from my second 80GB, everything gets way too slow. This never happened when I was running of my 40GB, and playing a song while installing from the same drive.

I was running a hybrid setup, until my 40GB IDE Maxtor bit it. Now I'm runnign 2 80GB SATAs. Do I need to update the BIOS?
    
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nobody?
    
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Nah - you dont. Are these in RAID? also, put them on different channels. If they aren't SATA then it'd be:

HDD1 - Primary Boot Drive - Primary Master

HDD 2 - Data n stuff - Secondary Slave
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No RAID I turned RAID off in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS but now I gotta run... drat. Post back in a bit.
    
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run hdspeed and hdtach on it look to the average speed if its the drive thats slow, this will show you if the disk/cache is broken

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownloa...load-5671.html

http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public...request=HdTach
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Guys!! There is something very wrong here!!

Pic 1 is my D: drive (second 80GB HD)
Pic 2 is my C: drive (identical to second)

    
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Ok well in BIOS I have 2 SATA modes... ATA and RAID. Obviously I put in it ATA mode, because I dont wanna do RAID. I cant find the manual so I'll do some hunting.
    
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Anybody? Nobody?
    
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post #9 of 15
your cache looks okay, and the ata mode is an emulation for sata disks to act as an ide ata udma6 ......but correct me if im wrong

now use hd speed, without burst mode, it checks the whole disk surface for errors, run till 100% completed,and look if there is a big dip...my R.I.P. wd200 gb showed no dip in hd tach and hd speed in burst mode, but i couldnt use more than 100gb on the drive, because of damaged disk surface...(edit:also runs your cpu 100%) i ran hd speed to check till where the drive was useable, partitioned the good space and left the rest of it unactivated, so that it would not show up in my windows and used the good part for quite some time...couldnt RMA it because it was not registered (orphan drive out of an dell which IMO explains alot)
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OK That one which is slow seems dead too. It appears to be using 99% of your CPU while running, and 3 MB/S is SERIOUSLY wrong.
Maybe it's the cache that's dead.
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