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My PC has been freezing and crashing a LOT recently, after literally doing everything I could think of, such as testing memory one stick at a time, running memtest, scanning for viruses with many apps, scanning for mal-ware with many different programs, defragging, re-installing windows (not reformatting), doing a LOT of cleaning, and nothing has changed.

I decided it is time for a complete re-install (reformat) of Windows. I needed to transfer the few files I had on my hard drive over to my secondary hard drive, so when I re-install I can simply pull them back off the drive.

I am trying to do a transfer and the transfer rate on average is around 700kb/s, which is just ridiculous, a movie takes around 1.5hrs and I am an amateur movie maker, I have a lot of these files.

Does anyone have any advise they can give me? Do you think my hard drive has actually had it or is it something in the registry that has gone wrong maybe?
I can't hear any strange noises coming from my hard drive.
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You may want to try running GSmartControl on that HDD to see if it is the issue.
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You may want to try running GSmartControl on that HDD to see if it is the issue.
Spent ages trying to figure out how to install this, then I found out it was for Linux!
I shall look at running some hard drive inspection programs.
I downloaded one and tried to run it, it took about an hour to get to 1%..
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ohh, it's for linux? My bad.
I have not actually used it myself, I just know that error10 swears by it.
Hmm, I could have sworn I saw him say it was for windows... I'll go check it out.

edit:

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...l#post11353145
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Originally Posted by Sin100 View Post
Spent ages trying to figure out how to install this, then I found out it was for Linux!
I shall look at running some hard drive inspection programs.
I downloaded one and tried to run it, it took about an hour to get to 1%..
http://gsmartcontrol.berlios.de/home...p/en/Downloads

The Windows installer or zip package is at the bottom of the page.

http://prdownload.berlios.de/gsmartc...4.exe?download (installer/exe)
http://prdownload.berlios.de/gsmartc...2.zip?download (zip, no installation)
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Ok thanks guys.
I ran it and it found no problems.

I also ran a HDD scanner through DOS on a boot disk, so it was completely out of windows, it also ran the scan all clear on the quick and full scan.

=\\, confused.
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Ok thanks guys.
I ran it and it found no problems.

I also ran a HDD scanner through DOS on a boot disk, so it was completely out of windows, it also ran the scan all clear on the quick and full scan.

=\\, confused.
Is this an IDE drive or SATA?
post #8 of 9
This happened on my netbook, and on a friends PC.

Check the Drives DMA Status.

Goto Device Manager.

Open the drive controllers.

Double-click on whatever channel the drive is on.

Click Advanced Settings Tab.

DMA should be enabled and set on 5 or higher. If it has reverted to PIO its going to be super slow. This will often happen after X amount of errors have been encounterd for whatever reason.

You can force the PC to re-recognize the drives DMA capability by uninstalling the controller and/or the drive from within Device Manager. Then reboot, Windows will reinstall as appropriate.
    
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This happened on my netbook, and on a friends PC.

Check the Drives DMA Status.

Goto Device Manager.

Open the drive controllers.

Double-click on whatever channel the drive is on.

Click Advanced Settings Tab.

DMA should be enabled and set on 5 or higher. If it has reverted to PIO its going to be super slow. This will often happen after X amount of errors have been encounterd for whatever reason.

You can force the PC to re-recognize the drives DMA capability by uninstalling the controller and/or the drive from within Device Manager. Then reboot, Windows will reinstall as appropriate.
Thanks for the post. I forgot to mention I had tried this already, I had this problem a while back I remember. They are all on UDMA5.

Looks like I may have to re-install and loose all my data
At least I will be able to back up my important work files (microsoft word) that are very small and easy to transfer even at really low speeds.
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