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I got me a new 1TB Spinpoint F3 for Christmas but there's something wrong with it. Occasionally the transfer rate decides to spike downwards. I first noticed it after I installed Dragon Age on it and the game kept stopping and starting again (similar to when some games are loading textures). A quick benchmark confirmed my suspicions.



What do?
post #2 of 7
My HD Tune looks like that sometimes,
everything looks normal but the in game stuttering doesn't seem right
Edited by garricktlee - 12/29/10 at 4:15am
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the reason the transfer rate may be dropping like that is probably because Windows is using the hard drive for something while you are doing the benchmark.

If you where to run HD tune from a different hard drive with windows on it, And the F1 was a secondary hard drove. There wouldnt be any drops..

i THINK.
edit: also try a newer version of HD tune
also try opening task manager while gaming and see if the cpu/mum usage is at 100% when it 'lags;

also i just ran hdtune and get this lol.
Attachment 187203

oh also try running
Crystal Disk Info (google it)
for hard drive diagnostics/error checks

Edited by antipesto93 - 12/29/10 at 4:24am
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That HD Tune bench looks normal, some dips are to be expected. However try this: run HDTune a few times and note if that dip is always there. If it's randomly moving or disappears the HDD is ok - dips are just measurement error. If the dip is always the same size at the same spot, the HDD is broken. The fix may be as easy as a firmware update, but you should check with Samsung's RMA for that.
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I realise some dips should appear in the HD Tune benchmark but I was more concerned about the rather large dip towards the end.

I defragged the hard drive because why not and for some reason noticed a significantly less amount of freezes in dragon age (only happened once).

I've run the HD Tune benchmark again only this time with Pro 4.60 and it certainly looks better than before.



I ran it a few times and it always pretty much looked like this. I'm not sure if defragging actually did anything; I don't know much about hard drives. I suppose it could just be a case of "breaking it in?"
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Try stopping the windows search service, then running the benchmark again?
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