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Hiya!

I have a 2TB WD Black which I bought a few years ago. Some months ago I noticed that opening folders had gotten a rather large delay, around ½ - 1 second, which annoys me quite a bit. Especially seeing as I bought the disk mainly because it had very good performance, even though I would only use it for storage.

The content of the folders doesn't matter, and I have no folders containing an abnormal amount of files (max is like some 100 odd files in one folder). The drive isn't fragmented at all, since I have Windows 8 handle it automatically on a weekly basis or so. It runs ntfs.

I've tested the drive using chkdsk, of course, and also WD's own utility, which it spent 4 hours running though. There's nothing wrong with the disk; no bad/reallocated sectors, no weird SMART values, transfer speeds to and from the disk are fine (~100MB/s), temperatures are fine... Except the annoying delay when opening folders!

I think I need some advice on where to look next!


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Have you checked the settings with your Anti-Virus software? Most of them will have a "On-Access" type of scan where it continuously scans files/folders as they are accessed or executed. Depending on the AV software, this continuous scanning can make browsing folders a bit slow.
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Im using the default av scanner in Win8, and from what I've gathered, it's pretty low in resource usage. Besides, none of my other HDD's have this behavior (a WD raptor 150GB and a Seagate 3TB external USB3 connected.)

I'm starting to think it's got something to do with the NTFS file system itself, being worn down somehow thoughout the years and needing a format. Is that plausible?
    
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Im using the default av scanner in Win8, and from what I've gathered, it's pretty low in resource usage. Besides, none of my other HDD's have this behavior (a WD raptor 150GB and a Seagate 3TB external USB3 connected.)

I'm starting to think it's got something to do with the NTFS file system itself, being worn down somehow thoughout the years and needing a format. Is that plausible?

I do not have the answer, but I can tell you what I do to try and keep my computer running well.

Every 2-3 months, I go through everything on my hard drive and find crap to delete. After you are done deleting everything that does not matter to you, back up all your data. Find a program that writes 0s to your hard drive (a normal format does not write 0s to your HDD). After doing that, put your data back on the drive. The last step is to run some sort of disk diagnostic software. If you see any errors, back up any data extra data that you may have saved to the drive and just toss the HDD in the trash. HDDs are so cheap these days, that you should buy a new HDD before you trust your data to a potentially failing HDD.

I am not going to say that my method is the answer to your problem, but if you have time, and no one else comes up with a better solution, go ahead and try my method.
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