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Slow Performance And Frequent Hard Drive Usage

Question: Slow Performance And Frequent Hard Drive Usage

It seems no matter what i am trying to do, computer always uses hard drive. I have Internet Explorer 8.0 open with 4-5 tabs and everytime i switch tabs it takes at least 30 seconds to switch and all this time hard drive is loading. Or for example i opened tab with YouTube video fully loaded and paused it. After a while i return to it to resume playing and then this loading starts. And this does not happen with Internet Explorer only. It seems computer does not use memory or maybe 1Gb is not enough? What is strange is that when application is loaded, it responds well for some time but later as time passes it starts to load slow and computer seems to use hard drive a lot.Please take a look at my Task Manager below:What do you find strange here? Is it too many handles? Maybe Page File is too high?Here is a screenshot of processes running sorted from processes taking most memory to least:Laptop Specs:Intel Centrino Duo T2400 1.83Ghz1Gb Ram80Gb Hard DriveGeForce Go7400

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Preferred Solution: Slow Performance And Frequent Hard Drive Usage

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Answer: Slow Performance And Frequent Hard Drive Usage

Sort the processes tab in task manager on the cpu column and see if some process is spiking. If not, try a clean boot and work backwards (Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (disable everything from loading) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming process, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.)

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I upgraded everything in my computer except my hard drive and cd drive (which are both roughly 7 years old) I have a core 2 duo 2.33 gh processor, 3 gig ram, yet still it seems my computer has slow response time on most things. I always figured it was lack of ram but with the 3 gigs i have now im pretty sure that's not it. So my question is, could your hard drive actually slow down your computers response time? and anyway to check it with system tools?

I have antivirus, firewall, and spybot so I don't think it's software either..

Answer:Can hard drive slow down computer performance?

Hi! I have just built a new computer and I tested it just for the fun...had a 200Gb IDE HDD and a 200Gb SATA HDD (@ 3Gb/s) and the SATA is faster atleast if you install windows on a sata drive!

try it, and say what you think about it

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The Problem:

When I start copying a file of roughly 100MB or more from my primary hard drive to a secondary one, or even if I'm copying it to itself, the copying progress bar zooms along at a normal rate. The little green blocks and the time remaining are what you'd expect. Then as it gets to a certain point, it slows down and down and down. The time remaining that might have been 5 seconds doubles and doubles and before you know it it's got several minutes remaining. What started out as a 5 or 10 second estimate, becomes a 7 minute estimate, and the file really does take more than a minute to copy.

I've ran some disk performance check tools and ran chkdsk and find no problems. The file copy never fails. It's not only file copy operations either, I've noticed that when viewing a video of for example 350MB, if I drag the position slider along in 1 or 2 minute amounts, then the video instantaneously starts playing from the new slider position. If I drag the slider beyond a certain point, it can take a good second or two before it manages to start playing from the new position.

Now to the background info that should answer any follow-up questions:

- The machine is a dual-core E6600 Intel box, so it's not slow.
- The "system idle" process is rarely ever under 98% during these operations.
- If I have several copies occurring in parallel, they'r... Read more

Answer:SATA2 Hard Drive Performance Slow

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The other week, I had a new 500GB hard drive installed to supplement my 120GB hard drive. The 500GB drive has its own separate letter from the 120 GB drive. Windows and all my programs are on the 120GB drive, and all my files are on the 500GB drive. After the 500GB drive was installed, I moved all my files over to it and deleted them from my 120GB drive. I restarted my computer (the first restart with the new drive) and realized that it took almost two minutes or maybe more to start up, which was much slower than it had taken before the 500GB drive was installed. Also, once the computer booted up, it ran blazingly fast. I thought I probably needed to defragment my 120GB hard drive to speed starup, but that did not help at all. Does anybody have any advice?

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Hi guys and girls,

My laptop has recently started acting horribly! It takes about an hour to boot windows, and even then, it isnít always fully booted. Typical windows icons in the corner by the clock donít always load Ė the network, volume, and battery icons, for instance - but this is the least of my worries. The hard drive is much noisier than it used to be. It isnít making scary scratching or thunking noises, but it does sound a little like a typewriter while it is booting Windows. After Windows is loaded, it quiets down a bit. Also, for the first couple hours the computer is on, the hard drive light is on steadily. It will eventually flash on and off (normally) after Iíve been on the computer a while or restarted it from hibernation.

Iíve run a few diagnostics on my hard drive and find it to be physically healthy. I ran scans using Seatools for DOS and everything came up clean. Also, when Iím in DOS, I donít hear the tapping sounds from my hard drive.

Because this computer is going on 3 years old and I tote it around and use it daily, I would imagine all of these problems point to imminent hard drive failure, but I wonder if it may be a virus issue that isnít getting caught by my Norton 360 scans. All of these problems started after I accidently (and stupidly) downloaded some malware in an effort to help a coworker. I thought I cleared them away immediately, but this all started happening on the very next reboot.

I see that I have ďconime.exeĒ running in ... Read more

Answer:Virus causing noisy hard drive and slow performance?

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In task manager performance tab show my hard drive always in active 100% that slow my pc, so far my antivirus scanned result no viruses.
How to view what cause the hard drive active 100% all the time and fix the problem?

Answer:In task manager performance tab show my hard drive always in active 100% that slow

Check Resource Monitor to see what processes are reading/writing to the HDD the most and hopefully this will show who the culprit is.

To open resource monitor follow this tutorial - Resource Monitor

Hope This Helps,

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Hello, I had to reinstall Windows XP from scratch awhile ago.  When doing so, my system is now really slow (everything -- loading programs, browsing, starting up, etc) even with no additional software loaded other than Windows itself with all the service packs and updates installed.  I have reinstalled several times with the same result.  I have 384MB of RAM and have set a Windows swap file of 512MB.  The hard drive light is on almost constantly.  This is even with no virus software -- if I load that my machine becomes completely unusable.  I have loaded all the latest drives using the ThinkPad Configuration Utility so I should be current on drivers.  Did IBM/Lenovo factory-load some specific software (CPU management, etc) that I may be missing when I reinstalled?  I have tried everything but it just runs like a dog.  Any thoughts...? Thanks, Gary


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Answer:T30 performance slow - hard drive spinning constantly - on clean machine

Welcome to the forum! 384MB of RAM is not nearly enough to run XP properly on your ThinkPad. I suggest upgrading to at least 1GB. On other issues: are you running XP in "classic" mode? Also, is your CPU set to "max performance" in BIOS? Good luck and let us know.

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Hi...In addition my HJT log below, here are some descriptions of my problem.I've been experiencing quite a number of computer (laptop) problems lately. My PC is running slow because of frequent 100% CPU usage (at least twice a day). In addition, in normal operations, it takes longer now to open programs (even MS Word) than before.I've got a resource usage meter (Freemeter.exe) on my taskbar which shows CPU usage. Everytime it turns red (which shows CPU usage is 100%), i open the task manager and see what's eating up that much.Usually, no single process would consume the entire 100%. Among the processes which consume CPU include:explorer.exe (username), winamp.exe (username), firefox.exe (username), explorer.exe (username), Freemeter.exe (username), acs.exe (SYSTEM)ACU.exe (username)svchost.exe (SYSTEM), system (SYSTEM), This usually happens when I'm running winamp (v5.31) and firefox(v2.0), which I do most of the time.When this happens, i usually end winamp and/or firefox and somehow CPU would drop down and average at the 30-50's level for some more seconds, until finally down to 0%.But still, there are other cases when no applications are open and CPU usage is soaring at 30-60's level, which usually should not be. The processes listed above are some of those which consume this.However, there are also instances where dumprep.exe (sometimes 2 processes of it at the same time) consumes the entire 100%. I don't know what exactly is causing my PC to behave undesirably this way, ... Read more

Answer:Slow Computer Due To Frequent 100% Cpu Usage - Unidentified Culprit

Hi mykz78,Before we do any more scans for malware, let's do a quick check of your resources.Press <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<Del> to open Task Manager, then click on the Performance tab. The key numbers here are in the Commit Charge box -- The Total and Peak figures; and in the Physical Memory box, the Total figure. Make a note of these three numbers. Post them to a reply here.I also need the following numbers. Click Start, My Computer, and then Right-click on your C:\ drive and select Properties. Write down the following numbers: Used space, free space, capacity. Post those numbers to your reply also.Dave

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can you help me pls., when computer is at 100% cpu, I experience very slow performance.I don't know how to lower it down.It sometimes shoot up to 100% then go down and shoot up again.

Answer:100% cpu usage causes slow performance

What PROCESS in the Task Manager is consuming all that CPU time?

And when does this happen?

Post a HijackThis scanlog:

Download and install HijackThis using the "self extractor". Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply

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Hi forum.
Sometimes (not always), while I'm working on my XP box (running any kind of programmes, usually winamp, MS-Office2003, Flash MX 2004, Power DVD, Acrobat reader..etc), I sence a very slow performace, I run the task manager and the CPU usage is almost 50%. Even when I turn off all the programmes the CPU usage is still 50%.

I have updated my 2005 Norton Anti virus and performed a full system scan and the result was that there were no theats found. My XP Professional is up to date (Service pack 2) plus I usually run windows updater. The MS-Office 2003 is also updated (Service pack 1)

further information:

CPU: P4 ht 3.0 GHz
Ram: 512 MB
MB: Intel 915 PGN.

Any help is highly appreciated.

Answer:Slow performance (CPU usage 50%)

any idea what process is taking up that 50%?

If you know, you can check it against Process Library to make sure it's legit.

If not, you can try running the newest version of hijack this, and posting the results in the appropriate forum for the mad scientists there to decipher and help further :)

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I've seen this problem mentioned several times here an on the web but haven't seen a satisfactory PERMANENT resolution.

I could sit for moments on end watching the hourglass rotate between applications.
10 svchost listings and several spools to boot. Not sure what all of that means but by my investigating I can tell it's excessive.

Below is my Hijack This log and thanks in advance.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:41:30 AM, on 1/15/2012
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\SanDisk\Sansa Updater\SansaDispatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton 360\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = Read more

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Lately in the last couple of months my computer has gotten slower and slower. When I first boot up my HDD light will flash solid for like 7-10 minutes. When I open resource monitor there's only like 4-5 MB/s rate, but the disk queue hovers between 5 and 10 which is insanely high. It's a wonder things won't load.

I've run Malwarebytes Antimalware, TDSSKiller, Combofix (which won't run in normal mode), housecall etc. usually they find nothing but there's obviously something wrong here.

Somebody pointed out to me that HDD usage and Network usage caused by Rootkits can be hidden from the Microsoft Resource Monitor, which would explain the behaviour that I'm seeing.

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
8GB DDR3 Ram
1.2 TB RAID0 2x640GB 7200rpm HDD
Core2Quad @ 2Ghz (Intel Q9000)
2xNvidia 260M GTX (SLi)

Answer:Massive HDD usage, slow performance

Since you ran Combofix....Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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I just recently installed a fresh version of XP, no more than a month or so ago. Unfortunately I share this PC with a brother, and I cannot monitor what he does on this machine. I feel that he has destroyed my PC once again, and I am sick and tired of reformatting/reinstalling. Perhaps someone here can help?

My problem is extremely slow performance, and taskmanager shows 95-100% cpu consumption almost all of the time. Even as I type in this textbox the system is lagging. I've used Spybots S&D, but no luck. any ideas? I read some of the threads on the forums and noticed people have copied the logfile from "Hijackthis" so I have downloaded it and done the same.

Please help!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 9:06:59 PM, on 1/15/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\VsTskMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\VirusScan Enterprise\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.EXE
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Answer:Slow System Performance 100% cpu usage

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Hello, this is my first post on this forum - if I am not using it correctly, please direct me where to put this so that I can get help with this issue.
Since I gave my wife my old computer, it has gone down in performance quality dramatically over time.  I had chocked it up to the hard drive getting old (the hard drive is about 4 years old at this point, while the rest of the computer is over 6 years old), but she insisted there was a virus.  I ran a bunch of tuneup programs and ran a malware scan using IOBit Malware Fight, and nothing seemed amiss.
What convinced me the other day that this is in fact a virus is that the computer performs normally if the wireless adapter is disabled.  We also noticed some additional processes showing up on startup, which seem suspect.  A google search of these symptoms led me to this site, where users were being instructed to run FRST for a complete list of issues.  I did this scan, but was unsure of how to proceed, and it appears that the procedure for fixing the issues varies from user to user, so rather than try to use the fixlist on my own, I thought it would be wiser to post here.  Attached are the log files created by FRST on my initial scan.
Thanks very much,

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After installing a new evga gtx460 and Thermaltake 600w ps i am experiencing big time system slowdown and high CPU usage. The problem could be conflicts, hardware or software, or just simply a system bottleneck, but one thing is for sure, when my system had my old 9800GT installed I experienced none of these slowdown issues. Lookit all them sound tabs.... mebbe thats it? Help please, let me know what other info is needed.

System Information
Time of this report: 10/15/2010, 12:11:22
Operating System: Windows Vistaô Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX7026
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
Memory: 4026MB RAM
Page File: 2252MB used, 6002MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Sound Tab 4: No problems found.
Sound Tab 5: No problems found.
Sound Tab 6: No problems found.
Sound Tab 7: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
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Answer:High CPU usage, overall slow performance after hardware upgrade

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I've been working with another community member in a seperate thread, and have run several scans as per their advice. No real progress has been made, and it was suggested that I post additional information here. I made a dds log, and used gmer :

DDS (Ver_10-12-12.02) - NTFS_AMD64
Run by jyfkf at 10:40:31.30 on 28/01/2011
Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_23
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.949.82.1033.18.4093.1570 [GMT 9:00]

AV: Norton AntiVirus *Enabled/Updated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-8DC619EFD8BF}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Norton AntiVirus *Enabled/Updated* {D8BEB080-B73A-17E3-1B37-B6B462689202}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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Answer:Extremely slow booting up time and performance spikes during usage

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Please take note:If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about your installed Windows Operating System including the Version, Edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system.
If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information.If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review your topic an do their best to resolve your issues.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply'... Read more

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hi i have a big problem whit the performance of my laptop. I bought a extra 4gb ram for the second slot that not exist; and still continuos getting my cpu usage at 100% whit 2 programs running like office and google crhome. i have this specf of my latop: - procesor: amd c-60 apu  whit radeon hd graphics 1,00 ghz- ram: 4gz system type: 64-bit  OSwinows 7 ultimate please tell me if i have to install another OS, made changes in my configuration or just buy another laptop. tks

Answer:T41---process rundll32.exe occupied 100% cpu usage and caused slow performance.

Are you sure this is a ThinkPad T41? 
From what I recall, all of them had Intel CPUs, not AMD, and were limited to 2GB of RAM and 32-bit operating systems.
Aryeh Goretsky

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Hi, guys:I've got a problem as what I stated in the subject that have plagued me for a while,recently this issue got really intense and I even got a BSOD that said as follows:STOP: 0x000000c5 (0x002932E0, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x8054BF0F)This problem occured especially when I surfed multiple tabs in firefox with a instant translating program opened. Does it have anything to do with the cause of the problems.I've tried to reimage my Thinkpad and reinstall XP using IBM recovery CD.I also did a cleanup of my system and did a disk error checking and used Microsoft Windows Resource Checker-a.k.a sfc.exe-to have a check.Not to mention I also used PC doctor coming with the system to check possible hardware problems.Non of them returned any negative result.So I tried to search my problem on the Internet to see if there's any other possible solution.I found out a lot similar cases and did whatever the solutions suggested.I did a thourough spyware check by using Malewarebyte, ESET online scanner, windows ONEcare&malicious software removal tool. Again, non of them retured any negative results except some minor adware issues.Finally I dicided to give a try on windows Driver Verifier. First I checked all the drivers except Microsoft's, and no issues found.Then I tested all of the drivers including Microsoft's, this time a blue screen occured again, with the following error report:STOP: 0x000000c4 (0x00000060, 0x00000074, 0x00000000, 0x00000001)so I think certain drivers are corrupte... Read more

Answer:T41---process rundll32.exe occupied 100% cpu usage and caused slow performance.

Hello, RunDLL is a program which allows Microsoft Windows to load and execute code from within Dynamically Linked Library (DLL) files. A DLL is a special kind of file that can easily be loaded and unloaded from memory.  By itself, RUNDLL is not malicious, however, both good and malicious programs use DLLs. I looked through your Hijack This log file, and while I am not an expert in interpreting them, I did note you had a security program called "360Safe" installed.  I am personally not familiar with this program, and there seems to be some question about how effective it is.  I also noticed Symantec LiveUpdate running on the computer as well.  Symantec makes a lot of programs besides security software, but if there are leftover drivers or services from Symantec's security software still on the computer, then perhaps the issue is due to a conflict between the two programs. Of course, the problem could be from something completely unrelated to security software.  I noticed that software for network cards from Atheros, Intel and Netgear is also installed, so perhaps a conflict between some of those?  Another possibility is an issue with older device drivers for the notebook's chipset or video.  You might want to try updating all of the device drivers for the T41's hardware, one at a time, and then see if the behavior of the system changes.  If you just recovered the operating system then it is possible there ar... Read more

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Hello all,

Asus P5N-E SLI
Intel Q6600 2.4ghz
Micron 4GB RAM
2x 320GB SATA Hitachi
1x 200GB IDE Seagate Baracuda 7200
nVidia 9600gt
Ultra 600Wat PSU
Ever since i bought my new motherboard (Asus P5N-E SLI) and SATA hard drives, my IDE hard drive was messing up. I can not load up Windows on it. When i install Winxp x64 on one of my 320gb hard drives, it loads but not fast. Before WinXP loads (progress bar and logo) the screen stays balck for about 20secs or so before it reaches the load screen. And right before it reaches the load screen, there is a gray load bar on the bottom of the screen. Then comes the GUI progress bar. It takes about another 40secs for it to fully load into windows. When I unplug the IDE hard drive, the gray load bar does not appear and the load time is very quick, 15 seconds or so. Also, when I try to transfer data from SATA hard drive to IDe, 3gigs would take around 25mins or so. Is there a way I can fix this issue?

Answer:[SOLVED] Slow Boot Time, Slow Transfer Rates(Hard drive to hard drive)

Transferring files from SATA to IDE is a process- and IDE is no where near as fast as SATA, so you can expect some transfer times there. For the boot issue, it sounds like the computer is confused on what to load at first. Check your startup and recovery options by right-clicking my computer, advanced, startup and recovery, and see if multiple opearting systems are there. If so, remove the one that you know you don't want to load by editing the file.

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Every 10-40 minutes, the application I'm currently working in [whither it be skype, L4D2, or firefox] becomes unresponsive, and after a minute or two, the window turns white, notifying me that it's not responding. This unresponsiveness quickly spreads to other open processes, rendering them frozen as well. I can still use the mouse, and it appears rainmeter still responds [updates, showing barely any CPU usage].

Steps I've taken to try and resolve this:
Using only one main program, still does it
turning the computer off and on again
Memtest is clean
chkdisk passes
MBAM/MSE scans return nothing
no memory overflows that I can see

While troubleshooting, I noticed that during the 'fit of unresponsiveness' the disk usage light on my tower is solid, but when I looked at the disk usage in the resource monitor, no processes whatsoever were using it [screenshot related]

If any more specifications are needed, I'll be happy to elaborate.

Answer:Frequent unresponsiveness, 100% hardware disk usage, 0% software usage

It could be indexing. What if you turn off indexing just as an experiment?

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Recently, my computer has been stalling a lot. Whenever I open a new tab in Firefox or a new application, there will be a second where my computer seems to stall. I know this, because as I am (always) listening to a piece of music, when my computer stalls, the music gets cuts off for a split second. Is this a hard drive problem? How can I diagnose this issue and resolve it?


Answer:Frequent Hard Drive Stalls

what r ur system specs?

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i hear strange writing noises coming probably from the hard drive. it is about every 5 seconds and mostly when pc is not being used. the blue led that is blinking when the hard drive is operating, is blinking then. when i use the pc, usually the scanning of the hard drive stops.

Answer:frequent operating of hard drive

Any number of causes, from AV/malware, software reading/writing, or the Windows Indexing service.

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My friends comp XP Pro was very very slow, so I defraged & Norton IS said it needed to be uninstalled & reinstalled. I uninstalled and everything was normal till I reinsatlled Norton IS & it was very very slow (4-5 mins for Word to load) I went to defrag & it needed to be done again. Its Ok at moment but I am sure it will happen again. Any ideas what it could be.

Answer:hard drive needs very frequent defrag

I think i would get a hold of the HDD mfr diagnostic utility to check the drive out.

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I recently suffered a motherboard failure and, as a result, had to reinstall everything; so this is a clean, fresh Windows install. During the upgrade, I also upgraded my Windows from Win7 32-bit to Win7 64-bit, because I added more memory during the upgrade. All of my hard drives were carried over from my previous build, but the hard drive Windows was installed on was erased and a completely clean install put in its place. After the install was finished, I noticed a serious performance problem, so I downloaded HD Tune and discovered that my Windows hard drive was now reading at a paltry 5 MB/s. It's not a driver issue, because the other drives in my system are reading at a much healthier 100-120 MB/s; it's also not hardware, because when I reboot to my Linux system on one of the other hard disks, the disk in question can be read at 60 MB/s. SMART diagnostics also report that the drive is in perfect health. I'm confused as to what is going on that this one single specific hard drive would have performance problems, any idea?

Just as a reference, my hardware: AMD 970 chipset with SB950 south bridge; FX-6100 CPU; 8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM; the problematic hard drive is a Western Digital WD2000JD. I've tried all sorts of variations on the SATA driver for this chipset, but as the other hard drives show clean performance in HD Tune, I doubt it's a driver problem. But I can't come up with any other reason why this one hard drive won't work in Windows and appears to perform just... Read more

Answer:Slow performance only on one hard disk

Hello and welcome dopefish Well mate that HDD is only a 1.5Gbs speed drive which is fairly slow by todays standards mate, and I would hazard a guess at it only being 5400 rpm disk speed..

Now you can do a few things you can test it with the WD tester and test the drive with a surface test with Partition Wizard.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. < handy tool for other purposes.

WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II) or even

SeaTools | Seagate

Personally dopefish for the cost I would be putting in a new rive mate with at least a 7200rpm 3Gbs speed.

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Hi there,

As the forum topic states, I have two hard drives (one 500 gigs and another 6TB) in a hard drive toaster connected to windows 10. The hard drive toaster supports drives up to 8TB, by the way. What happens is that my computer, which is on for more than a day or two, eventually disconnects the drives, even though the toaster is still running. I'm forced to power down the toaster and power it back on to get Windows 10 to recognize it, which I'm sure isn't the best for the drives.

Sometimes, when the drives are powered back on, Windows 10 says there are errors with the drives and that they need to be scanned. Mind you, I've done nothing with the drives other than using them as storage. I tried to fix this by going into the power options and setting USB selective suspend to 'disabled', but the drives keep powering down when they're not in use and then, Win 10 eventually kicks them off the system, which requires the above steps to get them recognized again.
Is there any way I can just keep the drives on at all times so this doesn't happen? The drives are perfectly healthy drives.

Thank you very much for the help!

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I've got a Acer 5733 laptop and it's had nothing but problems.

Whilst under warranty, i returned it to acer for a faulty hard drive. They replaced it.

Once the warranty had expired, it happened again so i replaced the hard drive myself and reinstalled windows. It then happened again, so i assumed that it had been a faulty hard drive that i'd used, so i bought another and installed windows. This one has now also failed.

I'm pretty sure it's not worth fixing again but just wondering if anyone could shed any light on what's causing these issues all the time and whether there's a fix for it? It's been driving me mad!

Or should i just sell it for parts and call it quits?

Thanks for your help

Answer:Acer 5733 frequent hard drive problems

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I recently bought a Toshiba Satellite 1110 laptop. Everything works well apart from the hard drive, which frequently spins down after only 30 seconds of inactivity regardless of the Power Management settings. After a short while the HDD must spin back up, which causes a 2 second pause in whatever I'm doing. This can get quite annoying especially when the pauses occur when typing or flicking through menus (not to mention playing DVDs). This can occur dozens of times a day.

All settings in PM are set to never switch off the HDD. I've tried uninstalling Toshiba's PM software and used WinXP Home's but this made no difference. It also makes no difference if the machine is clean from a fresh install from the recovery CDs, or running with Service Pack 1a and all the latest drivers and updates.

There are no PM settings in the BIOS.

The spin up/down problem is more likely to happen when running the machine on battery power, or after bringing it home and running it on AC while the battery is charging. Even after the battery is full the HDD will keep spinning down. The spin up/down problem occurs for 2 or 3 days but then the next day may be fine with no occurences. I can't pick a pattern to it.

Toshiba tech support and technicians in Australia first claimed the problem didn't exist (it doesn't always happen, therefore demonstrations are a bit difficult), and later when they did witness the problem they just installed a new BIOS (which was alr... Read more

Answer:Toshiba laptop frequent spin up and down hard drive problem (Satellite 1110)

Howdy there Cluster2k...

Not real sure what's going on here at this point...

One thing to check, go into Device Manager-Click on View-Show hidden Devices, there should be a device called NT/AMP Legacy Support, doublclick on it, and you should see NT/AMP Legacy interface node, if it isn't allready disabled try disabling it, and see if it will help...

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I was just curious about my computer's performance. Right now I'm currently using a WD SATA II 250 Gb hd with 8 cache that is quite nice but it's not really giving me the lightening speed that I want. It was faster around the time I purchased it in Feb.2007 but now it's questionable. So I got to thinking since I've upgraded my computer system which is a Dell Xps/410 running Windows Vista 32bit, an Intel Q6600 2.4GHz. processor, Evga 8800GTS 512mb video card, Creative SB Audigy sound card, a WD 250gb Sata II hd, a PC Power and Cooling 500W psu that this system will only be as fast as the Hard Drive will allow. In other words I just purchased a WD SATA II hd with a 32 cache which will no doubt be faster but will I be able to see more of a drastic change in the way my system performs? Will this enable me to experience better overclocking speeds in my video card etc. I'm only asking this theoretically since I don't have any benchmarks or anything of my system and I hope I'm asking this question correctly.

Answer:Hard Drive Performance

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I've just installed a new hard drive on my PC, which is an 80GB 7200RPM ATA100 that I believe should be pretty fast.
I installed it as master with my old drive as slave and booted from the Windows XP CD(there was no software with the drive), formating it to NTFC and installing the OS. The system now boots XP from this drive, although the drive is letter E:\ while my old(FAT32 13GB) one is still C:\
I then went and did some performance tests which rated the two drives roughly equal... which surprised me because my other one was quite old and even when I got it it was apparently slower than average. I heard that if the two of them are on the one cable the older one can slow it up though... which is why I then removed the old drive. But when I do that the system fails to boot. I get the VGA BIOS, followed by my MSI splash screen, then the system hangs with the power light stuck on. I've tried connecting the other drive on a diff cable to a spare IDE slot and I've tried just removing it altogether but nothing will work unless I keep the two of them on the same cable. Is it because the old one is my C drive? Does that have to be connected to primary IDE?
Performance was my priority over capacity when getting this drive so I'm quite dissappointed at the moment. Also, the disk is meant to be 80.4GB, my BIOS says its 82GB and Windows says its 76.6GB. I can't see myself filling it up any time soon anyway but does this indicate I have it set up wrong or somethi... Read more

Answer:New Hard Drive Performance

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ok ok ok im gonna ask this to the world now and will assume it is the cause of all the problems..
ok you have 2 hard drives Maxtor 6Y080L0 7200 RPM ATA100
1 is in my AMD Socket A 1800 Mhz Athlon XP based system on a Soltek KT600-C1L with Via North/South Bridge

The other is on a Socket 478 Pentium 4 Celeron 2400 Mhz system on a P4M266A-8235 Mobo with Via North/South Bridge

So my brain teaser is this, why is there a BIG performance difference between the 2?
My AMD system HD is fast, furious and you could eat your dinner off it

My Mates INTEL(ectually challenged) system is performing like a snail with a heavy bag of shopping and i mean SLOW, Defrag takes upto 10 times longer, File access is SLOW, File transfer between partitions is SLOW, Installing games is SLOW in fact anything to do with the HD is SLOW id say about Half the speed at which mine does stuff. If i Write a big file to my HD the LED sort of flickers and pulses. if HIS HD writes the same file the LED is on CONTINUOUS and you get the typical Hour Glass (wait while i finish me coffee first) kind of thing.
Please help if you can i want names, dates, places lol ANY help, ANY suggestions, just ANYTHING at all i can do to either correct this or just understand why the performance is so different, you ask me for a spec, il answer it, its really bugging me and i know its nothing to do with viri or spyware as like i have said his pc has never been on the internet except for windows update through my modem and dri... Read more

Answer:Same Hard Drive, Different performance

See attached Active smart info for both pc`s, they show nothing wrong

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would i find any increase in overall performance of my computer if i got a faster hard drive? right now i have a 40gb 5200rpm 2mb cache. i was thinking about upping it to an 80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache. or would a vid card upgrade be better? i have a 9500 pro.

Answer:hard drive performance

A 9500 Pro is still a very reasonable beast of a video card, better in most games than its replacement the 9600pro, and unless you are playing games at 1280x1024 or above with Anti Aliasing enabled then there isn't a particularly good reason to upgrade your video card. Personally, I would wait untill the next generation of Video cards come out, and see what they are like, even if you don't want one, you may be able to pick up a bargain on an "older" generation card.

As far as faster hard drives are concerned, 7200rpm drives with 8mb cache can be noticably quicker in some circumstances, and it may be wise to think about migrating to Serial-ATA drives now, as it is likely that standard IDE will become a legacy interface, when BTX form factor boards come out later this year.

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I have a recent install of windows 7 that seems to access the hard drive a lot.
Is there any changes that I can make to improve hard drive performance?

Also, after I install Win 7 in notice that it updates almost every time I turn off the
computer. Is there a way to stop it from updating all the time?
Thank you,

Answer:Hard Drive performance on Win 7

numerous other features you can disable also
re recent install , there are 100s of updates to get though to todays date

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I am constantly downloading things 24/7 I reboot the computer every day but then immeditly begin downloading again. I have a generic hard drive that came with my computer. My question is, does this usage of my hard drive break it down?I realize that a hard drive will break down over time anyways but am I significally breaking it faster or are hard drives designed to withstand that load?

Answer:Does 24/7 hard drive usage break down hard drive

well you would figure...since it is has moving parts...and like any other thing with moving parts the more it's used the faster it will go out....but thats just my theory

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I am running an eMachine T1862 computer with WinXP. Everything on it is just the standard equipment that eMachines provided. About a year ago I got a virus and ended up having to format/reload the pc. My friend also installed some new RAM to replace the old that had died. Since then I have been having two problems. One is that the CD drive does not read CDs nor will it write them. The device manager says it is working properly and that no new drivers are available. When I put a CD in the drive never shows anything being present. I don't recall this being the case though when I first got my pc back from him... could this mean the drive just died?

The second problem I am having is that my computer is VERY slow... excruciatingly slow. I realize its not a powerhourse pc but it was always good for what I need it for. It takes several minutes to open Windows Explorer, just opening control panel I get the flashlight. Any suggestions? could the RAM he installed not be compatible w/ the pc?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!


Answer:CD drive not responding / PC very slow performance

First off go into display manager, and open IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Click on secondary IDE Channel and go to the advanced settings tab. Make sure it's set for the CD to run at UDMA2 not PIO. Try reinstalling the chipset drivers. Try swapping your cables.

The slowness could be due to virus, trojan, or some kind of malware program. Since the installation is a year old, it might just be too many registry orphans, or too many running processes. Hit ctrl+alt+delete and look at the bottom edge. How many processes are running. Are your temp internet files getting deleted ocassionally? You can go to internet options/advanced tab in control panel. Scroll down and check the box that empties the temp internet files each time the browser is closed. You still will have to delete cookies manually. Also try defragmenting your hard drive and paging files. Get a program like CrapCleaner and clean up all your old log files histories etc.

It could be your memory is having a problem. I don't have enough info to make a guess as to whether it is the right or wrong memory, or whether he reset the memory cas latencies, interleave settings etc. in the BIOS correctly when he changed the memory.

If the CD needs to be replaced, just get a cheap one from the store. You don't need to buy it from eMachines. The curved face plate that raps around (if it's a typical emachines case) snaps off and should fit on the new one.

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Hi All,

My PC's Windows Experience index rating is currently at 5.9 due to my HDD. It's a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB. Which HDD should I look at to get more performance out of the rig? All the other fields are in the 7.0 to 7.6 range.


Answer:Best Hard drive for performance upgrade

To break the 5.9 barrier you either have to go with a raid array stripped for speed or you need to go SSD.

5.9 is basically the topped out number for a single spinning drive.

But as such, there are a lot of drives that have a 5.9 value that range a lot of performance... So yes you could get a 10,000 RPM drive and better your performance but the number will still not go over 5.9. But also you won;t "feel" the difference between a 7200 and 10k drive anyway in reality...

But going from a spinner to an SSD will make unbelievably noticable improvements in everything you do on your computer. Every mouseclick will INSTANTLY command reaction. No more waiting 25 seconds to photoshop to load, hows 2.5 seconds for you?

So... if you want to both break through the 5.9 barrier AND do something with real, tangeable, howdidIgetalong before gains... buy a 120 or 160 gig SSD for your root drive...

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whats the most important factor to look for in a HDD?ive run HD tune on 3 of my hdds, 1 is a 500GB laptop drive [st9500420AS] one is a 1.5 TB desktop [ST31500341AS] and third is a WD velociraptor 300GBhere are the results..[URL=click here][IMG]click here[/IMG][/URL]now the 1.5TB and WD VR have very similar transfer rates but very different access times [by twice as much] for eveyday use such as load times, which is the most important figure[s]?im fairly new to decent hard drives casue of having a laptop

Answer:Hard drive performance question

ignore the first link, i always forget this forum is different to others

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Hi all, I bought a Lenovo a while back, but never got round to asking about the poor performance of the hard drive.  It takes forever to boot up (but that could be windows 8)  and some applications also take long to load up.  Perhaps, it is the hard drive - and if the hard drive is performing very badly - I should return the laptop and get a replacement.   Here are the stats that of HD Tune: Transfer Rate Minimum : 24.6 MB/secTransfer Rate Maximum : 108.1 MB/secTransfer Rate Average : 76.9 MB/secAccess Time : 24.1 msBurst Rate : 108.2 MB/secCPU Usage : 10.5% Notice the very poor 24.1 ms for the Access Time - this is REALLY SLOW. The hard drive model is ST1000LM024 HN-M. Could anyone please advise?  I find it hard to recommend Lenovo with this kind of performance.  Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 15.6-inch Laptop (Metal) - (AMD A8 4500M 1.9GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)

Answer:Poor Hard Drive Performance

That is what you will be getting from an ordinary hdd. To improve the performance of your system you will need to do some minor tweaking of Windows. If you want a faster performance get a ssd.

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my HDD is using it's full potential of speed? It's a Maxtor 6Y080M0 connected via SATA to my Abit IS7-E mobo.

Everest's HDD buffered read goes up to 115 MB/s and the linear and random are at about 45 MB/s.

Answer:Hard drive performance figures

You dig up your drive specifications from Maxtor and see. (You have to dig hard, since no HD maker wants you to see all the specs )

As the product manual says, the sustained transfer rate is between 37 and 67 fake megabytes per second. Looks OK to me. Buffered read is more difficult to compare, since it depends on your system load and the exact methodology Everest uses..

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Is there a site, much like the video card comparisons, that lets you compare two specific hard drives, in terms of performance?

For example, if I wanted to find out which drive offered better performance, a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB drive, or a 500 GB Western Digital Green drive.

I have a pile of older hard drives like this and I'd love to be able to rank them in terms of performance, to figure out what to keep and what to sell.

Answer:Comparing Hard Drive Performance

You mean something like this?

Charts, benchmarks HDD Charts 2012, Desktop Performance


If you have time and patience you can plug the hard disks and run the hdtune_free_version for real time results.

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I thought it would be interesting to compare everyones hard drive performances with screenshots from HD Tune utility (get from HD Tune). Maybe after some time we could produce a results table.

So heres mine:

Im going to show you the single WD Raptor X results first for interest:

And this week I received a WD Raptor 150 which I have now attached to the Raptor X in RAID 0 (128kb stripes):

This is now my current OS combined drive.

So lets see yours and how they compare.

Answer:Show us your hard drive performance

Here's mine, not to bad I guess.

Vista HDD
Windows 7 HDD

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I want to add another hard drive to my PC, and I was wondering is their any certain kind of hard drive to add when adding a new one as far as: SPEED/PERFORMANCE? Also, witch is better, a Internal, or external hard drive?
My PC Specs:
Motherboard:Chipset-AMD 780
CPU type-Athlon IIx4
CPU speed-630(2.8 GHz)

Power Supply: 600W

I don't know if their is anything else that I need to list that matters...
Any help would be grateful, THANKS

Answer:What Is Best Performance WHen Adding New Hard Drive?

The only performance difference you will see is if you get a higher RPM hard drive than you already have. Even then, it won't be much of a difference. On the other hand, you will see a great difference if you spend the money getting a solid state. External will make no difference because the OS is on the internal.

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Hey all,

I just build a pretty sweet machine and am having a tough time understanding why my HDD isn't performing up to snuff.

Machine Specs:

Asus P5Ad2-E Premium
P4 3ghz Prescott 530 800mgz fsb
2 WD740 SATA/150, 10k rpm, HDD's (RAID 0)
3 gb ram ocz pc4300

My problem is when I run a File System Benchmark test using SisSoftware Sandra I'm consistantly slower than what I should be. It's telling me my Drive Index is 80MB/s, yet a RAID 0 Maxtor 7200 rpm Drive Index is 84MB/s.

HD Tach tells me my drives are running at 110MB/s, yet a SATA 150 should be running at 150MB/s.

Does a HDD get slower as you install more programs?? I wouldn't think so. I've been using this system for about a week and I can't figure out why it's not running at top performance. My power supply is 400 watts (which should be enough), I've closed all programs, the RAID 0 is setup correctly and I just defraged.

Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance.


Answer:Hard drive performance (WD740)

Even though you have SATA 150, you won't get the full 150.

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I was wondering if anyone knows why this situation is occuring when I set up a large RAM drive. I have 256 MB of physical memory. I have set up a ram drive of 32Mb. When I use a benchmark program, the RAM test and the Hard Drive meet or excel the manufacturer specifications. I get a hard drive transfer rate of about 40MBps (Manufacturer spec is 33MBps). The SDRAM also shows high transfer too.However, if I make the RAM Drive any larger than 32768KB (32MB), even by a single KB, the benchmarks drop to around 20-24 MBps for the Hard Disk and the RAM speed drops noticeably as well. Is there some wall that you are forced to lose performance by increasing a RAM drive beyond 32MB? Or could it be the RAM disk driver causing the problem? I use XMSDSK (Frank Uberto) which is touted as the best one you can use, which claims no 32MB limit, yet there seems to be a performance limit anyway. What's going on? I would like to use at least 128MB for a ram drive, because Win 3.11 can run just great on as low as 64MB, but getting stiffed on performance or putting excessive pressure on the hardware to do so is not in my interest either.

Answer:Hard Disk performance and Ram Drive

You said 256 MB?That is way,way too small.Try 4 GB an d see.

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I recently purchased a 300gb hard drive and am now running my OS (Win XP) on my 120gb and have a 300 for games and varios media. well, i went on vacation to a friends house and filled the 300gb drive with enough anime and music to keep me happy for longer than my lifespan permits. but, ive noticed that after squeezing every last bit i could out of it (aprox. 1gb of free space left) i noticed everything loaded slower. and worse, it slowed my OS, witch is on another drive, and i get studdering in sound whenever im copying something. is this a result of the MFT getting to big? any insight to this would be most apreciated. im guessing my end result is going to be buying a DVD burner and just burning my way out of this, but id like to know more, thanx! If your wondering why this is in the XP forum, i dont believe my problem is hardware related, as it is fine when im not copying large amounts of data or loading something

Answer:Degraded hard drive performance

witha 300 gig drive you need at least 30 gig free or it won't work

when you try to copy, it needs a space on the hd to use as temp storage space

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Alright guys,

I made a new computer in Jan. and I do not think my hard drive is functioning properly. When I am playing games and am loading a map the hard drive will only read every so often and not constantly. The sad part is that my IDE drive from 6 years ago out performs it in its current state. Loading Urban terror usually takes less than fifteen seconds on my 6 year old computer but on my new comp it takes over a minute. Something isn't right.

I have defraged my hard drive and the games are on another partition.

Here is my rig

WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB

SATA 2 cable

ASUS M4A79T Deluxe

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz (PC3 12800)

Windows 7 x64

I would appreciate it if you guys helped me out.

In short, the hard drive will intermittently read as opposed to constantly, leading to slow load times which are slower than my old IDE based computer.

Answer:Hard Drive Performance Issues


Load a game in the background then go to START->type perfmon /report-> wait 60 seconds for the data to be collected and then save it, zip it and attach it to your next post.

Also, download the drive diagnostics tool from here:

And run it using the Extended Test option. As your drive is 1TB it will take several hours.


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System Specs:
AMD 64 x2 6000+
Abit AN9
GeForce 8800GT SLI
Vista 64 Ultimate with SP1
Forceware version 15.01
version 177.79 gfx drivers

not sure what else would be helpful for hardware/drivers

Ive been having some serious performance issues with hard drive xfer speed and performance, but I am not sure if I can narrow it down specifically to the HDD. The primary time where I get bad performance is when downloading files. It all started when I first installed vista and was downloading all of the updates and SP1. After a brutal night of waiting around for the files to download and install (I'm talking hours), performance did a huge jump, but was still sub par from before I reinstalled. Currently when downloading files from EA store, bittorrent, or any large file, say Vista SP1, my computer slows down to a halt. I defrag weekly, used an external defrag program for >64MB files. I used the tutorial to increase SATA drive performance, tried a few other tweaks on the tutorial forums, but nothing seems to work. It seems to be much worse when I try to unzip/unrar or otherwise process large amounts on my HDD. Ive done virus scans, spyware scans, used system optimizers, but I think im missing something.

If anyone has any idea, your help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Poor Hard Drive Performance?

I aways tell people to check for bad SATA contacts and bad SATA cable.

Other then that, you can get a super fast HDD or raid 0 two quick HDDS. On top of that, over clock you cpu would help.

Good luck and keep us up to date.

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Over the last few months my computer has been slowing down. I have a Dell E510 desktop with windows XP. I run ccleaner, antivirus, and superantispyware. I have carbonite but have had that for awhile and never noticed any slow down from it.

My question is, can I increase performance to where it used to be by:
Adding a new hard drive, use my dell disks to install everything as original, make this new drive my master and then set the old drive to slave?

What do you think?

Answer:Will adding new hard drive increase performance?

In theory yes, but why add a new HDD, why not just upgrade? I mean it will be problematic to run two drives, one master, one slave with XP on both wont it? Why not just install a new drive, or blank the old, or am I missing something? Also a lot of hassle using restore disks, I always install from an O/S disk direct. I find restore disks tend to be a hassle for various reasons, e.g. data it requires from the HDD, compatability probs (for no obvious reason) and so forth. Well my tuppence worth.

A clean install always speeds up a machine.

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Are 10,000 RPM hard drives a must for top game performance?

Answer:10k RPM Hard Drive neccessary for good performance?

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Hi everyone. I will try to explain my problem to the best of my ability...

I have two hard drives. One is a Seagate ST3200822A 200GB IDE hard drive. The other is a Seagate ST3300831AS 300GB SATA hard drive. The 200GB IDE is the primary drive, containing the Windows XP installation.

Lately I've been having problems transferring files between the two, and even having good performance running files from them if something is being accessed. To explain this, I will use music [since I love music and listen to it often ]

Say I have a music folder on my 300GB seagate SATA drive to save space and performance on my 200GB IDE drive. Let's say I'm playing music from it in Windows Media Player [although the player is irrelevant.] Suddenly I have a need to move a large amount [in storage size] of files, say, 1 GB to or from that 300GB SATA drive while playing music. The music starts skipping and glitching until the files are done transfering.

Also, this transfer would take maybe 8 minutes. Doesn't that sound ridiculous, as I can transfer files five times as large over my LAN in the same amount of time or less?

Also, when transfering files like that, I have *severely* degraded Windows performance, almost so much that it's unbearable [and I'm not just picky ], taking into consideration that I have a brand new e6400 Core 2 Duo.

If these would be any help, here are my computer specs.

Intel Core 2 Duo e6400 @ 2.13ghz
1GB [2x512mb] Patriot DDR2 RAM, dual ch... Read more

Answer:Solved: Poor Hard Drive Performance [help please!]

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So... My computer's Hard Drive failed a week or two ago so I had my computer repaired. This took a week to complete. Once I got my computer back I created some save points. After this was completed I downloaded what I had before it was repaired (because they had wiped everything). This included things such as Skype,Steam an Antivirus etc. I decided to play a game after everything was sorted (or so I believe) but I noticed that pretty much any game I played lagged a lot more than it would.

If anyone could help, it would be appreciated.

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My daughter's computer was infected with a virus that campus support helped eliminate. However performance has reduced drastically and we are getting hard disk error messages on a regular basis. I'd like to eliminate malware before moving on to hardware issues (I did post in the hd forum but the manufactrere utility requires floppy's and I don't have a 3.5 inch drive. drive).

log file is below with other documnts ttached:

DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Ashley at 23:27:23.26 on Tue 07/14/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18783 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.2037.901 [GMT -4:00]

AV: PC-cillin Internet Security - Virus Protection *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7D2296BC-32CC-4519-917E-52E652474AF5}
SP: PC-cillin Internet Security - Spyware Protection *enabled* (Updated) {003DD9A8-02A6-43CF-81BA-5D403CAD001E}
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How much performance increase would a 2MB hard disk cache be vs. a 16MB cache? Trying to squeeze some more performance out of my system. Thank you.

Answer:how much does hard drive cache affect performance?

For most people, very little. With a 2MB you MIGHT notice a diffrence going to a 16MB. Although an 8MB would cover you just fine. But to be perfectly honest the average user won't really see much diffrence at all.

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Hi everyone

I was just wondeering if buying a second hard drive and installing the game onto that hard drive would improve load time of the game (Starwars Galaxies).

My current setup is:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating sys and game installed here
(2) None

New setup would be:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating system here
(2) 7200rpm 8mb cache (slave) <- game installed here

PC spec:
Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8Ghz
768MB PC2100 DDR RAM
GeForce FX 5700 256MB DDR

Do you think this would speed up the load time and game performance?

Answer:Improving game performance with second hard drive?


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Vista 32 bit Home basic, bios;


Performance Options ?? what is the recommended best choice for PC

Visual effects settings for appearance/performance of windows?
1. let windows choose whats best
2. adjust for best appearance
3. adjust for best performance
or 4. custom

processor scheduling/ how to allocate processor resources of:
2. or background services?

virtual memory
1. what paging file size for all drives:
-what is recommended size?____________???

DEP protection/data execution prevention, *what is recommended setting?
1. turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only ?
2. turn on DEP for all programs and services except those i select?
(my computer's processor supports hardware-based DEP)

Portable External Hard Drive ????

Western digital elements 1.5TB desktop version portable external hard drive. intended use; - additional memory/storage space for laptop/PC's,
- complete system, drives files, documents, etc. & family computer storage, portable memory/storage also

Problem is that before initial data transfer was done, by 3rd party a seperate PC's files were transfered to the ext. hard drive.

No partitioning, formating, or allocation for additional storage memory was done -external hard drive now has 2 PC's data & all contents of external HD are in "folders", system shows as "hard drive",

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Answer:Ext hard drive ??? & pc performance recomd'd settings???

For your first question:
1. Let Windows choose
2. Leave it alone, don't touch
3. See #2
4. See #2

Second question:
1. I'm not quite sure what you are asking. Formatting a drive will erase the contents. However, if you've already backed up data to the drive, it should be fine. It was formatted already, prior to the data being moved to it.
2. Again, not sure what you are asking, but if the drive is already storing data, it is ready to be used.

Are you trying to repartition the external drive into one large solid drive letter? If so, you'll need to copy off all important data. If it already one solid large drive, leave it that way and use it. Ignore the comments about memory. Those are used (poorly) because most non-technies still can't differentiate between memory and hard drive space.

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The current hardware is available:

1 x 120GB
1 x 250GB
1 x 1TB
1 x 1TB

I intend to store my data on all of the HDDs but as the 1TBs are newer than the other smaller ones, their performance is also much better. So if I partition lets say one of the 1 TB HDDs like:

Partition 1 60GB - OS
Partition 2 860GB - DATA (ISOs, Pics, etc)

Will there be a significant performance decrease having an operating system and random data on the same HDD but on different partitions?

Thanks in advance guys.

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning Performance Issues

That will depend to a large degree what you are doing with the data and how it is being accessed. OS and Data on the same physical drive is the usual setup. However, if you have the possibility to seperate it on 2 different physical drives, you may get a small performance gain. But in any case it is not going to be dramatic one way or the other.

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Hi everyone

I was just wondeering if buying a second hard drive and installing the game onto that hard drive would improve load time of the game (Starwars Galaxies).

My current setup is:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating sys and game installed here
(2) None

New setup would be:
(1) 5400rpm 2mb cache (master) <- operating system here
(2) 7200rpm 8mb cache (slave) <- game installed here

PC spec:
Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8Ghz
768MB PC2100 DDR RAM
GeForce FX 5700 256MB DDR

Do you think this would speed up the load time and game performance?

Answer:Improving game performance with second hard drive?

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Hey there,
I was currently in the chat earlier asking about this. I've had this issue for like 6-7 months now, and I've completely rebuilt my computer (save for the RAM) and still am dealing with it.
Basically, it takes little to put any of the drives at 100% usage, which I monitor in Windows 8 Task Manager. Benchmarks show how terrible things are with erratic spikes and drops in speeds going as low as 2MB/s. Loading times in games suffer greatly, the computer isn't exactly fun to use when an installation for something of significant size is being done or if there's a download going. 
Specs before upgrade:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 
MSI 970A G43
Radeon 7850
Rosewill 650w PSU
Specs after upgrade:
Intel Core i7 4770K
Gigabyte Z87-HD3
GTX 780
Corsair CX750 PSU
Hard drives:
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB
Western Digital Caviar Green 7200 2TB
All have performance issues. The 500GB and one of the 1TB drives have been tested and work great in other computers. Another thing to note is they perform better when they're secondary drives. As in, my 2TB which has Windows on it is the one that has the worst performance, but that would go for any drive that runs my OS.
I've tried different SATA cables, different power cord for the PC itself, different outlet, only one drive, two drives, three drives plugged in. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1. Pretty much everything th... Read more

Answer:Inexplicable Hard Drive Performance Issues

All 'spinners' have "performance issues". Try SSDs. You'll love 'em.

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HiAsus a7n8x-x mobo, x800pro graphics, 1Gb ddr, 3Ghz (2.1 I think) barton, on board sound, xp home edition, 550 watt psu, 40Gb hard drive. This is used mainly for games like doom 3/hl 2/ut 2004/etc.I had another post going about changing my hard drive as current one is very old and getting a bit noisey, I got it 2 years ago and even then it was a refurbished one. Through the replies I have been advised to go for an ata 133 7200 speed ide 8Mb cache hard drive (approx £50).On the basis that my current hard drive could last another year ? which would give me a better performance boost now: replacing my old hard drive for the one mentioned above or adding another 512Mb ddr ram ie to 1.5Gb in total. My mobo has 3 memory slots taking up to 3Gb ddr.many thanks as alwaysP

Answer:better performance gain - memory or hard drive??

I would say given that you already have a gig of RAM you won't notice much of a performance increase with another 512 I go for upgrading your hard drive.

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My laptop (Lenovo Y510p) is always at 100% disk usage for the first 15-20 minutes of starting up, and for intermittent periods afterwards. During this period, everything essentially freezes including the Start Menu, Task Manager, and all other apps running. After about 5 minutes, the hard drive "catches up" and everything starts working again.

The strange part is that when looking at Task Manager / Resource Monitor, the total read/write of the hard drive does not appear to be very high - ie it will be at 100% disk usage but the highest program is reading/writing maybe 0.1MB/s.

This is causing the laptop to become borderline unusable. I have to leave the laptop running in order for it to be usable, as shutting it down / putting it to sleep will cause the hard drive to go back to 100%, and everything comes to a standstill. Please help!

I've attached some pictures which should illustrate what's going on hopefully.

Specs: Lenovo Y510p, 2 years old, running Windows 10 Home 64-bit (upgraded from Windows 8.1).

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Question: hard drive usage

Hi several days ago I checked my hard drive capacity showing 54.6 GB Free of 80 GB capacity
Next day when I checked again it was showing 11.7GB Having not installed or downloading anything?!!
My computer is a Dell OptiPlex GX620 Running Windows7.
Would appreciate any comments------Could it be a faulty indication or a hard disc virus?

Answer:hard drive usage

Two things you can easily do:a. Use a tool like WinDirStat - see what files are taking up space, how much, and where.b. Run the chkdsk /r cmmand, which will check the file system and accurately summarize your partition free space.Louis

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I had recently built a custom PC with the following specs:

CPU - i7 6700k @ 4.5GHz
GPU - Palit GTX 1080 Jetstream 8gb @ 2100MHz
Motherboard - Asrock Z170 Extreme4
Ram - 16gb Viper Elite DDR4 3000mhz (8x2)
SSD - HyperX Savage 120gb
HDD - Seagate Baracuda 1tb
PSU - Corsair CX 500w

The PC is amazing, it performed beautifully in everything I threw at it, the only weak point was Windows 10.. I started to get random OS hangs without cause when playing games or doing general browsing, I thought I had an issue with my GPU or something but it turns out after some investigating that it was a Windows problem as when the hangs would happen I quickly would open task manager and see that my drive usage was at 50% having two drives this meant one of them was under 100% usage and so I wanted to find out what was doing it, I looked into performance monitor and other programs to try monitor usage but nothing other than the typical system process was using it.

I did the normal fixes, disable Superfech and Windows Search etc. Neither helped, I clean installed 3 times, no luck. I even safe booted (As told by Microsoft to do so) and the problem still persisted so that proved it wasn't an application causing the problem it was a Windows 10 problem. I tried upgrading to the latest anniversary edition of Windows 10 and the problem literally got 10 times worse, from what were 2-5 second PC hangs at random throughout the day turned into 10-15 second hangs every 10 minutes.

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Question: Hard drive usage

I installed Windows XP Pro when I had Windows XP Home. And now I found that I've almost totally used up my hard drive. I assume that when I installed the updated version of Windows I didn't format the drive correctly. Here's my question: how can I remove the old operating system with losing everything and having to start all over.

Answer:Hard drive usage

You will need a program like partition magic, i will try to find you a free one. ed
Do not delete the active partition.

try this,

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Question: Hard drive usage

I had xp to the point where when I was not using the computer my hard drive access light would never flash, 7 does make use of the drive when I am not. Does anyone know what it is doing?

Answer:Hard drive usage

Indexing and defragging when the system is not under load. Also prefeteching applications and caching them into RAM so they launch quicker the next time you need them.

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When I use my computer suddenly my computer freezes for couple minutes. I noticed that my hdd light is constantly stays on (like as power light stays on) and my recourse monitor disk usage is 10mb/sec its not usually like this. I formatted my laptop installed my drivers and my basic software like foxit reader, avira antivirus, MS office etc. But this occurred again same day right after I formated my laptop. That driving me crazy. Can you suggest anything why this happening?

Answer:Hard drive over usage

To make sure your HDD is OK, run a chkdsk /r in an elevated command prompt.

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My first post so I hope everyone cuts me some slack... I read the overcloking prerequisites and I know the answers to the five basic overclocking questions... so I presume I qualify.

Anyway here goes...

I have an ASUS A7N266E MOBO currently running an Athlon XP 2100+ and it does OK. I happen to come in possession of an Athlon XP-M 266 2400+, a low power (35W 1.35V) version that I was going to use in a laptop ugrade project. (Actually worked quite well but that's another story...) Decided to sell the laptop and buy a new one instead so I figured I'd stick the XP-M in in my desktop. Not too familiar with the XP-M other than it's supposed to be a good overclocker and operates well at low voltages.

Well I swapped out my 2100+ for the XP-M 2400+. Set the bus speed in BIOS to the required 133/33 setting and the multiplier to the lowest setting of 6.5X and started benchmarking with SiSoft Sandra 2005 using the combined system benchmark. All goes well while upping the multiplier and once i reached a multiplier of about 9.5X it pretty well matched the 2100+ in performance, except for the file system benchmark. It was abysmal, like 20% of what I was getting with the 2100+. Kept upping the multiplier to 11X... all the performance benchmarks continue to climb with the exception of the file system benchmark. It's benching at 3192... down from 49576 with the 2100+. So why the big drop off in file system benchmarking? I guess I don't know exactly... Read more

Answer:Burning question regarding hard drive performance and overclocking

I'm not an AMD guy but since no one else is chiming in I'll give it a shot here. My first day here posting so cut me some slack <g> The XP-M 2400 is supposed to be a 2 GHz processor right? If the FSB is 266, then the core clock is 133. If you are just changing the multiplier and not the front side bus, then a multiplier of 11x times the core clock of 133MHz will give you a frequency of just over 1.4GHz. Your processor is running at 75%. That's why your benchmarks are low. The stock clock would need a multiplier of 15x to get to the 2GHz rating. You need to be raising the multiplier and the front side bus. Some people are getting to 12x 208mhz with a voltage push and good cooling. Your temp will also be affected by the wattage. I believe that CPU came with a 35W and 45W version. The lower wattage would equate to lower temps. But you have to ease them up one then the other. Take your time. And remember to lock your AGP/PCI frequencies at 66 and 33 or you'll get unstable. Also as you push the FSB you are also overclocking your memory. You may have to raise your memory timings and DIMM voltage. If you have a CLK Spread Spectrum setting in your BIOS disable it. Check this out. It's a couple years old but the facts are still relevant.

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I will be building a new system in the next few weeks and have a question about partitioning a hard drive. I have built several; the last had a 200 GB drive I set up as NTFS.

The system will have XP Professional and I will build the drive using NTFS. This will be an OS install on a new SATA-II drive.

Is there any performance gain if I partition the 640 GB drive into multiple partitions or am I better off leaving it as one with 600 GB net?

Is there an optimal partition size for NTFS bootable volumes?


Answer:Does partitioning a SATA hard drive improve performance?

There may, in fact, be a performance loss if there are too many partitions. And moving files, instead of just changing their "addresses" in the file table, involves the much longer process of actually copying that data between partitions.

But, they may be a minor gain if a Program Files folder is created on a second partition. It keeps data from the system drive, allowing for easier and faster defrags. I install small programs to the system drive, and large, encyclopedia-like ones to a separate partition.

With modern drives, it boils down largely to personal preference since their access times are very high. But just because partitioning is easy and fun, don't get carried away. Be reasonable, make partitions for a reason, and always consider data backup. Imaging smaller partitions may be easier, and some may need to be imaged less often if their contents change rarely.

On second and third drives, a small (1 GB) dedicated paging partition at the beginning can be helpful (FAT is fast).

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Hello all. I need some more space and I have a extra 1tb external hd. I want to turn my usb 3.0 external into a sata internal. Will this be the same performance as a regular internal drive with same specs(like if both are 7200rpm). Isn't it the same thing? Or external not made to be as good as internal drives?

Answer:External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

A hard drive will only run at a certain speed.

An external drive is used for storage, no reason for it to be super speedy.

If you want to take apart a perfectly good working external drive to gain a millisecond or 2 of speed, that is your choice.

USB 3.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III

Need more space, just buy another hard drive for the pc.

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Hi,So I have been the owner of a T61P 6460 for one year now. It came with Vista, I downgraded to XP, and the thinkpad has always been running very strong and never had any sort of problem with it. One month ago, I had a problem with the keyboard, the on/off switch did not respond anymore. So I had to send it back for repair. Before, sending it back, Iremoved the hard drive and tried to pick up some important data with a SATA adapter, but it somehow failed. So I sent it back to Lenovo for repair. They replaced the keyboard and even the palmrest free of charge which was quite nice. But when I received my thinkpad, it was running like hell. It took life 2 hours to boot the first time and it wouldn't even boot every time. The hard drive light was always on. So I tried formatting the hard drive. I lost alot of important stuff, but I take the blame for not backing up my system often enough. So with a fresh XP, I started from scratch. Installed important programs and stuff. It was running pretty well. I could actually see a small difference as to when I first got my system but it was OK. Now, after maybe 3 days of daily normal use, my system started slowing down again. I am not really pleased with my system anymore. Could the hard drive really be the source of my headaches ? I ran PC doctor and the hard drive failed 2 tests (I cannot remember which one it was, random search and the last one I believe). Would lenovo, declare my hard drive faulty of the perfor... Read more

Answer:T61P - Very sluggish performance..hard drive issue ?

If you ran pc doc for dos and it returned a random seek error or something like that you should get a new hdd as a cru send to you. To checkthat enter BIOS and run HDD Diagnostic Program. Selesct main hard disk and run the test. It should return something like 0000 read verification fail or something. this is reason enough for lenovo to swap your hdd Hope that helps

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Do any of you have the ThinkPad W700 ... with SSD as the Primary Hard Drive (and standard 7200 RPM drive as the 2nd hard drive) ... and if so, what kind of performace improvements are you seeing with this configuration, as opposed to a W700 with a standard 7200 RPM drive as the primary (boot) drive? Of course, I am assuming ... that the OS (Win7) would be on the SSD. Specifically things like boot time and other typical operations? And lets take a scenario wherein say you install Adobe CS4 Web Premium.  I'm guessing you would install the entire application on the standard drive? Or not?  And if so, I'm guess all the Registry entries of course would still be on the SSD?  So ... overall, how would this installation mix (for lack of a better term) affect performance of CS4.  Of course, I realize you could ... install it all on the SSD, but ... eventually that drive could start tapping out space wise ... or maybe not?

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I recently reinstalled windows 7 on my Toshiba Satellite laptop  ( Intel Core I3,  4 gb ram).  Now the hard drive light is on nearly constant with a rare flash here and there and it is sluggish. It takes about 45 secs to 1 minute to launch a web browser for example and startup and shutdown are also very slow. .  I have installed all of the windows updates so it is now current.  There is bare minimum of programs installed.  I have defragmented the hard drive and checked it for any problems but it came back clean.  I also ran memtest and the memory shows no errors.   Any help with this would be appreciated. 

Answer:Hard drive light on constantly and sluggish performance

Have you tried running the Manufacture of the Hard Drive diagnostic software? I know you said you checked it but you didnt say how.

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I have a Toshiba Tecra TE2100 1.8 GHZ P4 laptop with 768 MB RAM. I purchased an external enclosure for a Maxtor 60 Gig IDE hard drive. After starting Windows XP everything is running normal. As soon as I turn on the hard drive my CPU usage skyrockets to 100% and everything runs incredibly slow if at all and the computer won't shut down. When I turn off the drive things return to normal after about 15 minutes. Sometimes Windows comes up and says the drive is installed and everything runs except for the fact that there is no drive letter, but I believe I found a workaround for this in these forums. If I could just solve this CPU problem I believe everything will be ok. Could these problems be related? I have spent hours trying to figure this one out.
Thanks For Your Help,

Answer:USB Hard Drive = CPU 100% usage - Explorer

You should try to fond out what is using 100% CPU. It could be your antivirus program or Windows itself or the USB storage drivers. Could be a damaged filesystem on the drive too. Or maybe the drive is bad..

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I am looking for a way to get real time data on what is accessing my hard drive. I know about the indexing problems out there with windows but it hate that the only real way to tell if your hard drive is being accessed is to look at the light on the front of case (I think).

Anyone of a monitoring tool for this purpose?


Answer:Hard Drive usage utility?


Could try Process Monitor monitors read write access on a HD and what location. Use Show File System Activity from top menu and un-highlight the other options, its the four icons top menu towards the right.

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I am request info on a better way to back up external hard drives. we would like an automatic back up that would back up new files on a daily basis.

Currently are running Windows 7 home edition,500 gb on a 64 bit laptop. we have approximately 3.5 t< A 1.5t,a 1t,a 500gb,a 320gb, and a 250gb external drives in addition to the 500gb drive on the laptop> of external storage< hard drives, no server as of yet>. We currently save mainly Pictures and art for digital scrappingbooking.

It seems that no matter how many external HD we get they fill up rather quickly.< 3 to 6 months>.

Is there a way to set up software to automatically update new files daily?
I am considering a 2 t external for a back up to the current drives we have.
All of the family pics have been saved to these drives, so a loss we not be good.
We tried mosy but the uploads seem to always get stopped by our Internet provider, because of size.

I appreciate in advance any advice that can be offered

Answer:external hard drive usage
make sure you schedule

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My PC crashed recently taking a lot of files with it, including a nifty little program that showed at a glance what percentage of hard drive space each of my progs were taking up.Now my PC's running again I want to re-install the prog but can't remember its name,can anybody jog my memory duh..

Answer:Hard drive usage percentages

Treesize? click hereFew more similar free ones: click here, click here, click here. G

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This is a new one for me, migrating data from an XP system to a new Windows 7 Home Premium system.  On small drive previous system I always dump the entire contents into a folder for customers in case down the road they remember some strange location where they had some data stored.
Windows 7 shows 11.9 GB free of 38.2 GB (approx 26 GB used) connected with an IDE to USB cable, but when I dragged the entire drive to a folder it was only showing about 4 GB worth of files.  Discovered the user had made files private trying to implement a "secure XP system". I took ownership at the drive level for all subfolders and objects and still am only seeing 16 GB of files . . . somewhere are 10 GB of missing data.
The XP system is not bootable so I can't do a comparison on the actual running system either.
User is a bare bones knowledge user and I don't see any evidence of a TrueCrypt installation. 
Comments? Questions? Any thoughts appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive usage discrepancy

Another oddity, if I CTRL A and right click at the root of the XP drive I see 50,148 files and 5,320 folders, but if I drag everything that is selected to a folder on the Windows 7 drive the dialog box reads copying 3,889 items (1.64 GB) . . . 

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I have a 120GB hard drive; when purchased it was already partitioned, 60/50/10. The 50 partition is called "D" drive, which is completely empty, according to explorer, but when viewed through properties, it only displays 40GB as available and 10 is in use. Does anyone have an explanation, why?Cheers!

Answer:Phantom usage of my hard drive.

Make sure that your windows explorer is set to display hidden and system files and look again. If this does not help then drop down to DOS and type "DIR D:/S" without the quotation marks and see if anything shows up.As a last resort (and you are very sure that there are no files your computer needs on drive D) you could always format it and see if that solves your problem.

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First time I have been stumped to find me hard drive, to see how much space is usedPut me right someone.

Answer:XP looking for hard drive space usage

click onmy computer,select your hard drive,right click on it and select properties

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Hi All,

I have a customer with W10 that is next to unusable.

Is there something out there in the Windows 10 world right now that would cause 100% hard drive usage, slowing a computer down to a crawl?

I found three anti viruses duking it out and fix that.  But CPU goes to 100% (system) and drags the computer to a crawl. Pulling the power plug resets it for a while.

I have not found any root kits or the like.

I am wondering if this is one of M$'s endless full rebuild updates?

Any words of wisdom?


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ive got a 40gb hard drive and i am running low of hard drive space. i then deleted a gb of space. after an hour my hard drive has gone back down to 400mb. i dont know why that happens as i dont download.does anyone know why this is?thanks in advance

Answer:Fast Usage Hard Drive

Are you saying that you freed up 1 Gb of space by deleting unwanted files but now you only have 400Mb of space ?

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i recently installed a new hd (120G seagate sata) on to my system. the first thing i did was to transfer some 22gigs of media files to it. of course, it took almost two hours. i noticed that this transfer used at least 50% of my processor (P4 3ghz) throughout. i wonder if there is any way to do such a transfer and circumvent the cpu. any input is appreciated. cheers.

Answer:hard drive to hd transfer w/ less cpu usage

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I have a Dell AMD 3800 2gh 2g RAM 240g HD and something is filling my hard drive to capacity and I cannot find out what. I recently installed Carbonite and it appears to be running fine. We noticed that some recorded TV shows suddenly disappeared and when looking found the hard drive within 3g of being full. I started backing up and deleting video and picture files and I will notice that space being freed up on HD but then it fills back up again without us saving anything. This morning after deleting files I had 9.4g free but right now it only shows 5.97 free. I did empty recycle bin. I tried to run CHKDSK but could not as it said I needed higher security. I am the Admin on Vista Home Premium so should be able. Can someone help me through the steps to check what is happening. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Hard drive usage full

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According to Windows 7, my SSD that is 128GB has 100GB used. WinDirStat says that only 52.8GB are being used. How can I figure out what is using the additional space??

Attached are screen shots of what Windows says and what WinDirStat says.

Answer:SSD Hard drive disk usage

Interesting, never saw an EFI partition like in your pic.

Maybe that accounts for the discrepancy?

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Hey guys!
Please don't bash me for posting this (as I can see others have posted about it also). I just want to make sure I can get as many ideas as possible, before I do a clean install/new hdd.
I am helping a family friend fix their desktop. It is only about 3 years old and has a AMD quad core processor, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD(500GB used) - They also have a smaller 2nd HDD - Though I am not sure what the contents are for. They told me the computer has been running very slow since October.
So I did my usual computer cleanup steps:
1. Malware removal (Spybot, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Hitman Pro, Emisoft Emergency kit) - All in safe mode - nothing serious found.
2. Ran CCleaner (Cleaner,Registry,Startup) / Deleted temp files
3. Checked for unwanted programs - found none
4. Google Chrome is their browser - no plugins/extensions to remove
5. They have AVG Internet Security, scans only at 9pm everyday
At this point, I still felt the computer to be very sluggish - After looking at task manager, I noticed that the disk was always at, or close to, %100 usage. **No 1 process was hogging it all**
**Decided to let Defraggler to Defrag the PC - And that is where I am at now** (Gives me time to research/jot down things to try - will be doing further work remotely on the PC(Teamviewer))
**Things to still try**
1. Disable Windows "Superfetch" --services
2. Disable "Windows Search" --services ... Read more

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I have a system with a P4 processor, 1 gig of RAM, XP Pro SP 3 that seems to run OK except the hard drive is constantly hammering away. I have good AV and SpyWare programs installed. I will be doing nothing on the computer and the HD is busy doing something.
Is there anyway I can tell what the HD is doing or why it is in use so much????
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard Drive usage question

How big is the drive?
When was last time you defragged?

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Hello and thank you in advance for your assistance.

A week ago, I noticed that my PC was suddenly performing drastically slower than normal and my hard drive was active 10x more than usual. So I updated my virus & malware scanners, restarted in safe mode, and ran Ccleaner, ATF cleaner, McAfee virus scan, SuperAntiSpyware, and Malwarebytes. None of the scanners revealed anything suspicious. But, when I restarted the PC in normal mode, the sluggishness persisted.

Also, I use Zone Alarm as my firewall and I've been getting an alert that I've never had before that reads, "Macrovision Software Manager Agent is trying to access the Internet":
Identification: Unknown
Application: agent.exe
Destination IP: 1809 ***(and the port number changes with each request for internet access)***

Oh yea... I'm running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600) with automatic updates on. And McAfee VirusScan Version 99.9.99 with Realtime File Scanning On.

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Sudden sluggish performance & increased hard drive activity

This link has some information about Software Manager:

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I notice some hard drives with larger buffers or really big capacities have slower RPM (e.g. 5400). Is the RPM not important or something?

BTW since there's lots of people with actual problems posting on this forum, is there anything I should put in the title to make clear my questions aren't urgent?

Answer:Curious about which part of hard drive has bigger impact on performance

I would say: for low boot-up times, RPM matter a lot since the buffer needs to be loaded from scratch. But after that, the buffer matters a lot. Of course, what also matters is the data-transfer speed depending on the type of connection and the read/write properties of the hard drive.

So well, the RPM is in fact important, but hardly noticeable "on the short run." Those extra seconds spent booting and loading files etc will eventually become minutes and maybe hours of your life spent just waiting for something to happen.

Lowering the RPM is thus an excellent way of reducing the price of big-storage drives of big-buffer drives.

And what matters the most on the long run, is probably the capacity of the drive. Filling it up too soon is never good for anyone

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My HP desktop is a few months old. Seems fast enough, but recently I did the "Windows Experience Index" "Performance Test" and found my HD is the bottle neck on my system. So says the test, anyway.

Most scores are 7 or over, and then my "Primary Disk, Disk transfer Rate" gets a 5.9!!

I am wondering how much getting a better HD will help performance, especially games?

PS: Here are my PC specs:
HP Pavilion HPE h8-1360t Desktop PC
? 3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
? 16GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
? 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
? 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT630 [DVI, HDMI and VGA via adapter]
? 460W Power supply

Answer:New Hard Drive Rates Poor in Win7 Performance Info?

Hi, Matt.

5.9 is as fast as a HDD gets in WEI, to increase that score, you'd need to install Windows to an SSD. Moving to an SSD won't help very much in games, sure, it'll be noticeable during load and porting/zoning but little else.

For gaming, you want to upgrade that graphics card, GT630's are mediocre; you may need to upgrade the PSU as well if you go that route, depending on the new card (you should just be ok with a 150W card, providing the current PSU is recent and of high quality).

For general purpose use, rather than gaming, an SSD would be a good upgrade.

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This is just an interesting bit of information that might be good to know. I have an older Compaq desktop computer here with USB 1.1 ports. I plugged in my thumb drive to install a program. Later, I began to back up the customer's data to another hard disk. The file copy process was painfully slow and, after several hours, I began to wonder why.

I removed the thumb drive and the copy process speeded by a factor of at least four or five.

I've never noticed any slowness when this thumb drive was connected to a USB 2.0 port so I am thinking that having this thumb drive connected to the slower 1.1 port has a lot to do with how fast this thing copies files.

To be clear, the thumb drive was not being used; it was just connected.

Answer:Thumb drive slows hard disk performance, significantly.

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PC Specs and history:
AMD Athlon 64 2400
1gb memory(2 matching 512mb)
ATI Radeon 9800 256 (not pro)
WD Caviar SE 160 GB EIDE (Recently purchased; old Hard Drive bit the dust)

Hard-drive clicks: during games my Hard Drive clicks and video freezes, sometimes sounds will continue as normal, and other times it will loop. Regardless, after several moments it will unfreeze and either it will continue as normal or it will give me reruns of the problem.

Bad PC Performance: The performance, since I have returned has took a nose dive, what used to run at maximum settings flawlessly (BF2) now runs at low settings with roller-coaster performance. The loading of any process, Windows XP, games, photoshop, takes longer than usual.

Monitor Shutdown: During startup, after the BIOS screen, the monitor will turn off and on.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Hard-drive clicks + Bad PC Performance + Monitor Shutdowns during startup

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Answer:Cpu usage 100% with external firewire hard drive

Hi, I've got a problem with an external firewire hard drive (a Lacie d2 drive). When I try to access the drive in explorer (just browsing through the files and directories) the cpu usage rockets to 100%. Shortly after that explorer freezes, and cpu usage goes back to normal when explorer is shut down. Needless to say that the external drive is pretty much useless for the time being. I reinstalled the OS and the necessary drivers but the problem persists.The computer is a recent one with Win XP as OS. The motherboard only has USB 1.1 support so I bought a firewire-USB2.0 combo card. I just can't get the Lacie drive to work on that computer. The same external hard drive does work normally on another computer (also Win XP as OS, but with a firewire expansion card).If anyone could identify what the problem is, it would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

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Hiya All.Does anyone know why my "C" partition should show a much higher usage than expected.Right click on Properties on C shows a size of 4.3gb, but when you property each individual folder within the drive you only get 2.0g.System Restore is turned off as soon as I re-install the op sys.Are there hidden files on the drive being created some where...?I have show all files in the tools option switched on.Am I missing the plot somehow or the other.Many Thanks for any Help.

Answer:C Hard drive showing high usage.

click here

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