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When my boot drive performs large write-operations, the computer will gradually start to slow down the longer the operations go on. For example, unraring a 1gb archive will cause the computer to basically reach unresponsive levels when it's half-way through; or when my download manager assembles and copies a downloaded file from the temporary location, the same happens.

I recently built this mobo using my old hard drives. I am no expert.

Strangely, this only happens for the boot drive; the other drive is fine.

Seeing as it never did this on my old set up so I am wondering if I have forgotten some setting in the BIOS or OS somewhere, or accidentally loosened some connection or...I don't know, that's why I am here asking the experts.

I am wondering if it is anything obvious before I set it to do a massive disk scan (which takes well over 15 hours, maybe much longer now with this problem). Any ideas?

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Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO
CPU: i5 2500K
Hard drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 500Gb SATA 3Gb/s 8mb cache drives, not in RAID, connected to the 2 (non-maxtor) grey SATA III connectors.
RAM: 4gb PC-12800 DDR3
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I really hate to blame a problem that may or may not be relevant, but the P67 chipset is defective and prolonged use of SATA bus may be causing the issue to arise.

I'd say move the boot drive to another SATA port and see where it goes.
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First, the OP said he's using the Sata III ports which aren't affected by the chipset issue.

Alright think about what you're saying here.

"when I have my boot drive which holds the OS do a very write extensive task everything slows down"

The reason why it slows down is because it's the same drive as the OS, therefore the HD has to not only run the OS and retrieve all it's necessary files, but has to extract files and perform other intensive operations.

If you were to do all these other processes on a different drive, you'd see a noticeable improvement in speed and responsiveness.
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While I see the sense in what you are saying, I still don't think this is normal - it was never like this in my previous set up, and as I said before, the problem gets worse the more is copied. Copying 10gb starts out fine for the first 500mg, then it slows, and after 2 the computer is at a stand-still.

If you are right though, then what do you think I have done wrong with my setup? It never happened before, so there must be some compensatory measure, such as slowing down copy rates on the OS drive, to allow enough bandwidth for other operations, or perhaps the drives are somehow configured wrong.

By the way, my computer is now prompting me to do a consistency check on the drive, saying it has problems, so I guess it may have issues after-all. If there are any other suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I'll have to do an overnight disk check. I doubt this will solve it though as there was no issue before, and it doesn't feel like a disk error...

I did add another tiny (5gb) partition to the drive and install Ubuntu. Do you think that could have anything to do with it?




P.s. as far as I am aware, the chipset SATA issue does not affect the i5 series.
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While I see the sense in what you are saying, I still don't think this is normal - it was never like this in my previous set up, and as I said before, the problem gets worse the more is copied. Copying 10gb starts out fine for the first 500mg, then it slows, and after 2 the computer is at a stand-still.

If you are right though, then what do you think I have done wrong with my setup? It never happened before, so there must be some compensatory measure, such as slowing down copy rates on the OS drive, to allow enough bandwidth for other operations, or perhaps the drives are somehow configured wrong.

By the way, my computer is now prompting me to do a consistency check on the drive, saying it has problems, so I guess it may have issues after-all. If there are any other suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I'll have to do an overnight disk check. I doubt this will solve it though as there was no issue before, and it doesn't feel like a disk error...

I did add another tiny (5gb) partition to the drive and install Ubuntu. Do you think that could have anything to do with it?




P.s. as far as I am aware, the chipset SATA issue does not affect the i5 series.
You mean MB.
Pick up a second HDD so that you don't have the head moving from the file being read to the file being written many times a second. (I have a 40 gb drive for this purpose.)
 
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Thanks for all the replies so far, you are so helpful, and I really appreciate it.

To summarise the problem for new readers: on my new system, the computer slows very drastically whenever the boot HDD is writing for an extended period - something that never happened on any of my previous computers or systems.

Setup:
P8P67 pro mobo
i5 2500k cpu
4gb DDR3 RAM,
2x 500GB Seagate Barracuda internal HDDs - ST3500830AS (8MB buffer, 3.0Ghz) plugged into grey 6.0GHz (non-marvell) SATA sockets. Not RAID

Using AHCI mode, but I tried playing around with that and it didn't help AFAIK (maybe I did something wrong).


So I did a full disk check (the one that gets prompted after POST) and nada. Still does it, although perhaps it is slightly better than before.

I still hold that this isn't normal - I never once had this on my old setup.

Is it just the P8P67? In general or maybe it doesn't support my old HDD properly? Or Windows 7 (was using vista home before). Or did I not install a proper driver? Or some program that helps manage read/write activities?

Any ideas pros?

Thanks so much
Edited by kaii - 3/7/11 at 3:06pm
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