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post #1 of 7
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I'm having an incredibly slow HD problem. It only happens with secondary SATA drives that I attempt to use, so I would think this is a simple fix, but I haven't been able to stumble upon the solution, yet. My OS HD works great, flawless. When I attempt to connect a second SATA drive, the performance of the 2nd drive is dismal. I have tried multiple SATA drives, all with no success (the other drive being 160GB MDT drive, with exact same results as the 500 GB one). The drive will be recognized, install correctly and quickly on start up (thank you Vista), and then when I go to format in disk management, it will take about 45 minutes to hit 1% complete, which I know perfectly well it shouldn't take that long. (45 min X 100 = 4500 min, which would mean about 3 days to format a 500 GB drive yeah right!)

I have the current set-up:

Mobo: Abit IP35-E with latest BIOS update 2-29-08
HD1 SATA1 port (OS): 250GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JS-58NCB1
HD2 SATA2 port: 500GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKS-00TMA0
HD3 IDE: 82GB Maxtor 4D080H4 (I've disconnected this extra drive during trouble shooting, and it has no effect)
DVDRW: Lite-On SOHW-1693S ATA device
GPU: NVidia 8400GS
CPU: 3.2 Ghz Hyperthread Intel P4 Prescott core @ 800Mhz (will be updated soon)
MEM: 4 X 1GB Corsair DDR2 @ 800Mhz
OS: Vista Ultimate SP1 x86

My computer is properly air cooled, with nothing in the PC going over 40C under load, besides the GPU (around 60C at the most for the GPU).

- I tried removing all jumpers from the backs of the drives, and this didn't change anything.

- I tested the secondary SATA drives, whether the 500GB or 160GB one, and both pass health and proficiency tests just fine.

- Latest drivers are installed when Vista finds the drives.

All ideas are greatly appreciated. I am willing to try anything. Thank you!
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How much are you overclocking? have you tried upping your sb voltage?
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How much are you overclocking? have you tried upping your sb voltage?
Nothing is OC yet. But, if you think that would help with the problem, I can try it out with some explanation. I have never tried upping the SB voltage before.
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If your not clocking, only try upping the voltage a tiny amount, also try reset your Bios settings.
otherwise id say that controllers baked.
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If your not clocking, only try upping the voltage a tiny amount, also try reset your Bios settings.
otherwise id say that controllers baked.
Ok, I tried upping the voltage a notch but no luck. In fact, when I restarted the drive couldn't be detected. A second restart revealed I had a drive again, but it was unable to format as usual. A bios reset had no results, also. If my controller is "baked" then will I need a replacement board? I luckily bought a two year warranty with my board a couple months ago.

I tried resetting to put the voltage back to default, and my computer went on the fritz. I bluescreened and restarted. This time, in the bios the 2nd sata drive was labeled BzBzBzBzBzBzBzBzBz . I disconnected my 2nd sata drive so that I could use my computer like normal. Do the blue screen and strange label for the drive support the idea of a bad controller?
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post #6 of 7
Try plugging it into one of the other SATA ports. Try them all if you have to.
    
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I have now tried upgrading my power supply from 380W to 500W, but still no luck. I just now tried switching SATA cables, and this new cable is plugged into the last available SATA port.

SUCCESS!

Now I will determine whether I have two ****ty SATA ports out of 4 or just a ****ty SATA cable.

Update:

It ended up being the SATA cable. I never imagined that those go bad, but whatever. I'm just glad to be using all 4 of my hard drives now.
Edited by Frankisko - 8/11/08 at 9:24am
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