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post #11 of 29
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I replaced the mobo and the lag was still existing, but I didn't check the HDD with that mobo. I have another HDD but it's in a PC that's like 5 years old and that PC in its last few months of usage was showing freezing and lag issues, so it could be the HDD is bad.
So, if the sata controller is bad, it'll show issues on all the sata ports? Including the unofficial Gsata ones? ( They're marvellous IIRC )
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post #12 of 29
Some motherboards have multiple sata controllers. On your mobo, it has the chipset sata ports which is 4, then it has the marvel controller, which provides 2. Generally I try to use the chipset sata ports, as Intel > Marvel. So some ports might be bad while others are not. Not very common though.

The last time i dealt with a bad controller, it just give me random BSODs (blue screens of death). IIRC when errors pop up in SMART on the hard drive, they don't get reset. So you might still see an error but the problem might go away. So testing with another hard drive will help figure this out I hope!
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post #13 of 29
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I can't try out a new HDD right now sadly, but I'll try to use the other HDD tomorrow. What should I check in the other HDD?
And I think you're correct, as far as I've researched, the errors don't get reset.
I'd have used the Intel ports first, but they're Sata 2 ( 3gb/s ) but the marvel are Gsata 3 ( 6 gb/s ), so I won't be using my HDD to its full potential, correct?
Thanks for all the help so far, appreciated and +repped.
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post #14 of 29
Hard Drives don't utilize all that SATA 3, so don't worry, SATA 2 is just fine, unless you're running SSDs in the future, then SATA 3 is a must.

Your main problem is lag / freezing? If you can, I would try another hard drive and install windows 7 and play Crysis 2 etc and see if the problem still exists. You also need to make sure the test drive you use is error free. Test it on another PC (if possible) before hand. I always feel bad when I see issues like this, always a pain in the butt, especially for a new build.
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post #15 of 29
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Well my other HDD is filled to its max, and only a few GB is left out of it, so I really can't install windows and try as even the C drive is loaded with important info. And trying out in another PC is sadly not an option. I also don't wanna risk and copy all that important info to the new HDD, until I'm sure that it's ok.
So, should I try first using the Intel Sata2 port and see if the errors are increasing?
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post #16 of 29
Yeah give that a shot. You've only used the marvel ports before?
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post #17 of 29
You could try another sata cable or sata port. These errors look more like a data transfer problem between the MB and the drive.
post #18 of 29
These errors generally point towards a bad cable. If your drive passes Seatools then its okay to say its still within the operating spec of Seagate. What does Crystal Disk Info tell you? I've had HDtune give me bogus results on a perfectly healthy drive( Passes Seatools, Crystal Disk info reports clean, heck Seagate even returned the same drive to me after RMA)
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post #19 of 29
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Yea I've only used the marvel ports. I tried another cable, and I tried another port ( marvel port tho ).
I used crystal disk info, reports ultra dma crc errors ok but still B8 end to end error detection failed and HDD health state is bad.
I'll try using a Sata2 port asap and report back.
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post #20 of 29
Your drive is failing in a bad way. End to end error usually indicates a failure with the drive in the cache RAM. Back your data off ASAP and replace the drive. This drive WILL fail and every minute you waste beating on it will just make things worse. Stop using your machine for now. Grab a backup drive, fire up an Ubuntu LiveCD and follow my guide. Pull your user folder off and replace the drive.
 
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