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Using windows 7, I'm having trouble copying large files from my external drive (esata). During the process of copying, it will often pause for a minute or so, then continue to copy. This causes the time spent to increase substantially. A normal 2 minute file copy might now take over 5 minutes due to the seemingly useless pauses. This never used to happen using the same setup. Is my external drive failing?
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There's a realistic possibility that it is actually the OS or the motherboard.

 

I'd try booting off of a Linux Live Distro like ArchBang (<700mb) and see if those hiccups still arise. If not then it is the OS

 

Or you can try something like TeraCopy... Again, If this works as it should it is the OS.

 

Or you can set Windows to load each explorer process in a separate executable since Windows is usually prone to freezing up when doing big file transfers. Great for regular use too, definitely makes Windows seem more self-sustaining.

 

Steps:

1. Go to 'My Computer'

2. Press 'Alt'

3. Click Tools, then scroll down to folder options.

4. Go to the 'View' tab and then scroll down and check 'Launch folders Windows in separate process'

 

If you're certain it isn't the board or the OS grab a knife and crack open the external and hook the drive up via the SATA ports and see if that helps instead. At a minimum it'll drastically improve the transfer speed. You can run things like HDTune/Smartfan more easily/successfully from there too.

 

If none of those things help then it is most likely the motherboard(although it'd be weird if all the SATA ports were messed up and not just a single one.

 

I probably won't see any updates for this thread so if you have any questions PM them to me additionally(although it seems like you are fully capable of figuring it out yourself, I figure this thread is just for validating your thoughts).


Edited by Ryleh - 2/14/12 at 8:09pm
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Alright, I've done a bit more testing. Fortunately, the drive works perfectly when hooked up via USB. So this seems to be some sort of Esata problem. I downloaded some Marvell and Jmicron drivers from my Asus motherboards website, but now the drive is being shown as a SCSI device in the device manager and will not work at all when hooked up with Esata. I'm going to uninstall those drivers and see where I'm at.

I will try that process you posted, even if it doesn't fix my problem it seems interesting to mess around with. Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough reply.
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If you're using the built in eSata on your case see if using the pci bracket one that should have come with your motherboard gets the job done. if so it might just be the cable itself and not the drivers. I had a 'USB pin' card reader that was frayed and it made my entire system act wonky so for something similar to take place with your eSata cable doesn't seem too far stretched.

 

If it is the drivers that are the problem, burning a disc of the latest bios then performing a full reset on the board might do the trick depending on what the issue is.

 

Notice:

I have had 3 hours of sleep in the past 56 hours so I'm a little out of it. I'm not sure if I'm reading what you said right and if I'm not then my advice will probably seem a bit 'wacky.'

 

My Idea of a full reset:

-Writing down the major settings in your bios currently

-Unplugging the power-supply cable

-Move the CMOS jumper over one pin

-Move the RTC jumper over one pin

-Press the power-button 3 times briefly, and then hold for maybe 15 seconds

-Wait atleast 30 seconds before moving on to next step

-Take the battery out for at least 30 seconds

-Move the CMOS/RTC jumper over one pin (back to original spot), put battery and power cable back in

-Turn on system, re-load default settings, load and install/reinstall bios

-Go into bios, put major settings back, turn off controllers you aren't using, etc#

-Boot back into Windows

-Try again

 

If that whole process is irrelevant to your problem (which it probably is) at least I can pretend whoever looked over it to refresh their memory on how to do all of that thoroughly for when doing something like that is actually necessary.

 

Edit #1:

-Hopefully my advice lures a more knowledgeable/functional person in

-Going to bed now so I can have 9 hours of sleep in 78 hours before I get a good nights' sleep.


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