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So I have this build made out of used/old parts and some new ones, etc. This computer has 2 samsung hard drives, unsure of there model but I can say its around 4-5 years old, possibly more. I decided I need more space in my current desktop so I took a drive out and made sure it was the one windows was not using. However after this, it started performing VERY SLOWLY, so I decided I should put the hard drive I took back in the other build. Yet, the HDD light is still red and at full performance even though I put it back in.

Could anyone help me with a solution to raise the speeds back to normal? It usually only took about 40-60 seconds to load up Windows and then you could use it normally, but now whenever you use it it takes about 2 minutes to load windows and you CANNOT LOAD ANYTHING. It takes at least 5 seconds to open a folder.

Also, I should say that I found it odd that when I put this HDD in my current comp it went about 60MB/s transfering files onto it on a SATA II, if thats normal.
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60MB/sec? Old drive? Yes, that's normal.

You can benchmark your drive with HDTune to see what you should expect. HDTune reveals the theoretical performance - you'll get a bit less for file copies and stuff.

http://www.hdtune.com/

hdtuneproahcibenchmarkv.png

Because of their circular nature, HDDs are faster on the edge (left side of graph) rather than in the centre of the platter. (The right side of the graph) As your drive fills up, it'll slow down.



Hmm... everything is super slow? Is it a PATA hard drive? Do you have any PATA (ribbon cable) drives? (DVD, HDD, etc.) If so, go into the Device Manager and find your IDE / ATA channels. Double-click on them and check if anything is in PIO mode. If it is, right-click that channel and uninstall it. After a reboot it'll redetect in DMA mode. (Lower CPU usage by several magnitudes)
Edited by Kramy - 4/21/12 at 9:18pm
     
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Thanks a ton! but for security measures I just used the second drive as the OS and took the spazzing one out. Im going to guess it is failing.
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It might be the case - or it might be the PIO thing. You'd be surprised how common that is... and hard to figure out if you've never encountered it before.
     
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post #5 of 6
If it's a PATA drive you need to make sure you have an 80 pin cable or you can't use UDMA. If it's a SATA drive I would suspect it is failing.
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I probably should have mentioned it was SATA..
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