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January 20, 2014 1:49:31 PM

In september of last year I bought an Asus K55VD-SX032H and upgraded my internet to a fast 80 Mbps, however, whenever I start downloading something either through uTorrent, Steam or whatever, the PC slows down. I'm not sure what could be causing the problem, the only real weak point I'd consider the notebook has would be the GPU but that has nothing to do with writing to the disk, and also the preinstalled Win 8. I can't remember if it has been behaving like this since day 1. Can safely assume it's not the antivirus as I have only recently installed Avast and only to try and fix this problem (no viruses found, though). Windows Firewall is turned on. The HDD is not cluttered at all, things are pretty evenly distributed between C: and D:, and I even ran several registry cleanups. When I check in the task manager, it ALWAYS shows Disk usage as 100-99%.
a c 98 G Storage
January 20, 2014 1:55:10 PM

because the 5400rpm HDD is slow
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a b G Storage
January 20, 2014 2:05:09 PM

Do you have much ram? If it is caching page files to the hard disk at the same time it is downloading (and with UTorrent uploading) then that would show as a slow pc.
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January 20, 2014 2:08:04 PM

jnkweaver said:
Do you have much ram? If it is caching page files to the hard disk at the same time it is downloading (and with UTorrent uploading) then that would show as a slow pc.

I haven't updated anything inside of the notebook so it still has the default 4 gigabyte RAM.
If this was the problem, what would I do?
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a c 98 G Storage
January 20, 2014 2:10:51 PM

I think your slow HDD can't keep up with the fast internet.
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January 20, 2014 2:13:26 PM

I do believe he is right. 80Mbps is just dam fast. The only way to be sure that was it would be replace the hard drive with an SSD.
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January 20, 2014 2:14:29 PM

rgd1101 said:
I think your slow HDD can't keep up with the fast internet.


Going a bit deeper, I found out the Hitachi HTS54505 (as shown in taskmgr) is actually a legendarily bad HDD in terms of writing speed. You win. I'll upgrade this asap.
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