Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › New SATA drive not so fast...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

New SATA drive not so fast...

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
So I've got a problem with the Western Digital 250GB SATA2 drive that I bought last week. It has gotten incredibly slow at some point. After I first installed Windows, it was zippy and fast. Windows loaded incredibly quickly (3 "moving bars"), things installed much quicker than before and general usage was just more stable and quick.

At some point along the line, things changed DRASTICALLY. Windows now takes a MUCH longer time to load (about 15 "moving bars") and any time hard disk activity takes place, the computer stutters and CPU usage seems to shoot up A LOT. My games are incredibly stuttery as well, most notably at loading times (and a bit after). I have since done a disk check, disk defrag with Diskeeper 2007 (and turned off auto defrag, since I thought it was causing all of this), checked for spyware with Spybot S&D. I haven't done a virus check just because I'm really highly doubting thats what it is.

The funny thing is that Western Digital's diagnostic program is telling me that the drive caused some errors and failed a test or something. I'm taking it with a grain of salt however, because I was running the Windows version and not the DOS version. I have yet to do that.

Any tips or things to check to remedy the issue?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 10
Get a 2nd and raid if you really want speed.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6850 SLA,G0,@3.7 P5N32 SLi/680iSB=Jing ting/nb=spirit II[1203]bios] MSI 470 GTX[order on his way] 4 gig ocz Reapers pc 8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 WD 250gig 16mb/raid 0\1 WD640 AALS 32MB win xp pro sp3/Windows 7 Beta LCD,22"=Samsung 2MS,226BW,52"samsung LN5A550 Thermaltake xaser 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
oczgamexstream700 wtt x blade/modded Razor deathadder thermaltake gamer pad/led 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6850 SLA,G0,@3.7 P5N32 SLi/680iSB=Jing ting/nb=spirit II[1203]bios] MSI 470 GTX[order on his way] 4 gig ocz Reapers pc 8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2 WD 250gig 16mb/raid 0\1 WD640 AALS 32MB win xp pro sp3/Windows 7 Beta LCD,22"=Samsung 2MS,226BW,52"samsung LN5A550 Thermaltake xaser 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
oczgamexstream700 wtt x blade/modded Razor deathadder thermaltake gamer pad/led 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 10
If there's a ton of bad sectors, then that can make the drive really slow.

However, I suspect that the "3 bar" load was with no windows updates, and the "15 bar" load was after you installed all those lovely windows updates that bog the hell out of your system.
post #4 of 10
yeah turn off windows update and do it yourself!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6400 @ 3.6 GHz (450X8) GA P965 S3 7600GT 2GB OCZ Gold @ DDR 2 900 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOptical DriveMonitorPower
320GB Maxtor SATA2, 160 for XP, 160 for Slackware DVD+-RW EIDE 21" CRT by Sun Microsystems 680W Echostar 22A on 12V rail 
CaseMouse
Rosewill Black small Mid-T G5 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6400 @ 3.6 GHz (450X8) GA P965 S3 7600GT 2GB OCZ Gold @ DDR 2 900 5-5-5-15 
Hard DriveOptical DriveMonitorPower
320GB Maxtor SATA2, 160 for XP, 160 for Slackware DVD+-RW EIDE 21" CRT by Sun Microsystems 680W Echostar 22A on 12V rail 
CaseMouse
Rosewill Black small Mid-T G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sreenath View Post
yeah turn off windows update and do it yourself!
That won't help, you're STILL installing the updates.

Unless you mean just forget the updates.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yes, the "3 bar load" was before I installed the updates... the reason I'm noticing the slowness though, is because the drive is actually being slower than my Maxtor 80GB IDE drive was. Not just a bit slower, a LOT slower. The entire computer gets stuttery and weird any time anything is accessed on the hard drive.

Is it common for there to be bad sectors this early into a drive's life? I did drag about 30GB of stuff from the failing drive to this one. Thing is, I'm pretty sure it was acting up even before that. It just kind of came out of nowhere. I can't even remember exactly when it happened.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Alright guys, found out the culprit: it IS bad sectors. The WD Diagnostic found a bunch after doing half of the extended test (this took 10 hours to do on it's own, I cancelled it at this point since I didn't want to wait another 10 hours). It repaired the ones it found, but there still remain more.

So my question is: What do I do now and how can I prevent this from happening in the future? Do I just backup everything again, do a zero write and re-install as usual? Do I RMA the drive and get a Seagate instead and hope it doesn't happen again?

How did this happen so early in the drive's life? The other drive that I copied things over from had bad sectors as well.. is it somehow possible this caused the bad sectors on this drive?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 10
i would just rma it
Main Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Q6600 DFI LP DK X48-T2RSB Plus eVGA GTX 260 Core 216 4GB G. Skill F2-8000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB WD (OS) 1TB WD (Storage) Samsung 18x Sata Dvd Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell 21.5 1920/1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 FSP 700W Epsilon Quad Sli NZXT Whisper Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
X-Trac Pads 
  hide details  
Reply
Main Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Q6600 DFI LP DK X48-T2RSB Plus eVGA GTX 260 Core 216 4GB G. Skill F2-8000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
750GB WD (OS) 1TB WD (Storage) Samsung 18x Sata Dvd Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell 21.5 1920/1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 FSP 700W Epsilon Quad Sli NZXT Whisper Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
X-Trac Pads 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
An update to this weird series of events:

The problem somehow fixed itself. I don't know how, but I completely ran the DOS version of WD's Diagnostic tool to make sure it could access all of the files, including ones Windows usually uses. It found nothing wrong at all (PASS), then when I went back into Windows things are all fine and dandy. Nice and fast, no stuttering or "disk errors" in Windows Error Logging. I don't know how it fixed itself... but it did.

Anyway, anything I can do in the future to prevent this from happening again? It's incredibly annoying. Hell, I don't even know what *causes* bad sectors to begin with.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 ASUS M5A97 Sapphire Radeon HD7850 4GB G. Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
WD 5000AAKS WD 250GB 2500KS ASUS DVD-RW SATA Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung 23" BX2350 LCD Corsair 600W CMPSU-600G Antec Nine Hundred 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 10
I would still rma it because there usually something wrong with the readwrite head if there are bad sectors. I may be wrong so correct me if anyone knows.
ChemX1200
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz DFI UT X48 T2R VisionTek HD4870 OCZ Titanium DDR800 (2x 2Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x WD RE3 500Gb RAID0 On Areca1210 1x Pioneer BD-RW 1x Asus DVD-RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Dell 24" G2410 LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Customizer 104 Corsair 850W Mod. Cables Antec 1200 Logitech Performance MX 
  hide details  
Reply
ChemX1200
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Q6700 @ 3.6Ghz DFI UT X48 T2R VisionTek HD4870 OCZ Titanium DDR800 (2x 2Gb) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3x WD RE3 500Gb RAID0 On Areca1210 1x Pioneer BD-RW 1x Asus DVD-RW Lightscribe Windows 7 Ultimate X64 Dell 24" G2410 LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Unicomp Customizer 104 Corsair 850W Mod. Cables Antec 1200 Logitech Performance MX 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Hard Drives & Storage
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › New SATA drive not so fast...