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New hdd running slow and freezing

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March 5, 2010 7:11:04 AM

Hello people.. i was just wondering if anyone could help me out..

My computer is only 2 months old, it has been working fine untill 2 weeks ago.
the hdd is running slow and locks up all the time the hdd light stays on.
i have reinstalled windows 7, even on a fresh install locks up and runs slow.
i have reformated the whole hdd unpartician, repartician'd reinstalled windows 7 and it still seems to be
running slow and freezing a bit for a computer with a AMD phenom II 955 and 8gig of ram

the hdd is a Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm SATAII DS 32meg Cache


could it be anything else besides my hdd?
or is it dying..

PLEASE HELP! :(  :??: 

thanks

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a c 209 $ Windows 7
a c 415 G Storage
March 5, 2010 3:58:19 PM

Run task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and select the "Performance" tab. If the CPU is 100% busy while you copy files even though nothing else is going on, then your drive is probably running in PIO mode instead of DMA mode - that can drastically impact it's performance.
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March 5, 2010 10:48:48 PM

sminlal said:
Run task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and select the "Performance" tab. If the CPU is 100% busy while you copy files even though nothing else is going on, then your drive is probably running in PIO mode instead of DMA mode - that can drastically impact it's performance.



its not really when i copy files, its mainly when i try open apps, like ie or open my computer or try watch or listen to something it will have a big lag.

i just checked. im not really sure but the performance tab has 4 sections to it. im guessing cause its a quad core, but when it has a lock up the last section goes to the top untill it stops having lag.
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a c 209 $ Windows 7
a c 415 G Storage
March 5, 2010 11:26:56 PM

OK, one CPU maxed out during disk I/O with nothing else going one sounds very much like your drive is in PIO mode. Here's how to fix it:

--> Start -> (right-click on "Computer" ) -> Manage

--> Click on "Device Manager" in the left pane

--> In the right pane, double-click on "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" to open it up, then do the following for each channel in turn:

-----> Right-click on the channel and select "Properties".

-----> Click on the "Advanced Settings" tab

-----> In the "Devices" box, make sure that the "Current Mode" is some variant of DMA

If a channel is not running in DMA mode then that's your problem. To fix the problem, right-click on the controller and uninstall it, then reboot.
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March 5, 2010 11:30:21 PM

it reckons there in Ultra DMA mode 5 and 6
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March 6, 2010 3:20:24 AM

Guess that's not the problem then...
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March 6, 2010 10:28:40 AM

seebs101 said:
it reckons there in Ultra DMA mode 5 and 6

Are you sure, it may say its configured to use DMA mode, but the actual mode may differ and may be PIO mode. Post a HDTune screenshot to be certain.
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March 25, 2010 6:34:41 AM

I am having the exact p[roblem, it started three days ago. Have 1.5 TB Drives, and transfers now take about an hour to move 1 GB. Will Watch and advise if I see the Problem. Windows 7, and Vista dual Boot.
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