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Title explains. I have some really old 320GB HD so could this be bottlenecking anything? rest of my specs:

E8400 4.2Ghz 1.375Vcore, 2GB RAM 1158mhz 5-5-5-15, GTX 260 core 216 741/1597/1200

Photoshop cs3 takes like 14 seconds to load and lags my computer like hell when i have more than 5 3mb photos open

Game screens take a while to load

Vista premium takes just about 93 secs to startup




Not that I'm impatient, but the photoshop loading really turns me off; reason why I refrain from using it to optimize my photos because everytime I open it I have to wait
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post #2 of 13
Run HDTach or HDTune and see RA and bandwidth that could help us to answer if the bottleneck. The lag when multiple images open points 1st to RAM and do you have enough. Applications working off the HDD instead of RAM is always painfully slow even with a fast HDD.

Also is the HDD fragmented? If so dfrag that does help.

Run the test and post back.
    
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I defrag every weekend before I go to bed, so it's not fragmented.
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That doesn't look good... Especially for an AAKS
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Originally Posted by Darkknight512 View Post
That doesn't look good... Especially for an AAKS
What do you think I should do?
Should I throw out this old thing and get a new drive? if so what should I be looking at

or should I get an additional drive and try raid 0 (although I'm unfamiliar with raid setups)
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You have anything running when you were benchmarking that drive?
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You have anything running when you were benchmarking that drive?
Nothing at all.
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Have you tried to backup everything and format the entire disk, also check for errors..
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Have you tried to backup everything and format the entire disk, also check for errors..
My HD has always been this slow- I've just gotten used to waiting like 2 mins for windows to startup. No errors- just checked.
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post #10 of 13
Something is most likely running in the background that is why it looks like a lie detector needle going nuts or an earthquake. Do you have anti-virus running? If so that is the favorite 1st guess and what brand a few are noted resource hogs (Norton and Macafee come to mind). Whatever brand just turn off and run again. The graph should look closer to this.



Notice no spiking (of course some is OK but yours is out of control), unless this is mechanical. Any HDD you install will not perform as well as it should.

Edit: If you get this fixed read/write should increase almost 10MB/s, notice your random access is not that bad (13.4's). Good luck.

Vista features like indexing and such could also be causing this.
Edited by Asus Mobile - 12/24/08 at 9:59pm
    
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