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I just got a new HD delivered today. It's a WD black 1tb and 64mb cache. First thing I noticed is that it was loud. No bad sounds, but really loud seeking ones.

After installing windows I tried benchmarking it with hdtune. I left it running and went to get some snacks and when I came back I was scared when I saw around 60% of it had around 10mbs of speed (continously not just spikes)

I tried running a few more times. During the second run it ran well without any drops. However during the third and fourth run it has around 3-5 spikes of 20mbs.

A final run didn't have any spikes and ran flawlessly again.

The weird thing is this is a fresh windows installation, so viruses are out of the question.
Is it a defective hard disk? Or is windows being weird? I'm afraid to RMA it, since from the large DOA rates I've been seeing on all hard disk reviews, I'm afraid I'll end up with a brick if I do RMA it.
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i7-750 @ 3.00GHz Intel DP55WB Sapphire HD 5870 @ 950/1200 1.212V Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333.3 
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1TB WD Black, 1TB WD Green Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung P2370H Thermaltake ToughPower 750W 
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i7-750 @ 3.00GHz Intel DP55WB Sapphire HD 5870 @ 950/1200 1.212V Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333.3 
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1TB WD Black, 1TB WD Green Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung P2370H Thermaltake ToughPower 750W 
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Thermaltake M9 Black 
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IDE mode or AHCI mode in your BIOS? AHCI will show better results with modern operating systems such as Windows 7. AHCI allows for better transfer rates with both SSDs and many newer platter drives, so this would be where I'd look first.
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