Hi! I'm having a slight issue with my self-built system that I can't seem to find an answer to online. Basically, my non-operating system hard drives (2 & 3 below) hang for 2-4 seconds when I initially try to access them. For example : After powering the pc, I can zip through HD 1 instantly after logging in. When I try to access files on HD 2 or 3, it freezes for about 2-4 seconds (Windows does not freeze). I can browse through the folders but if I try to access any file, even a notepad file, it hangs for 2-4 seconds. It seems to be waking the hard drives up or something because the hard drives don't freeze after this. They just freeze when I first try to access them.
But lets say I browse the internet for 40 minutes, then try to access HD 2 or 3, it hangs.
If I'm continuously accessing the drive, this doesn't happen. Like when I'm watching a movie on HD 2, it doesn't hang at all when I try to access other files on the drive (like 2 hours into the movie). What could be causing this problem? I used to run WinXP on a different rig with worse disks, and I was able to access everything instantly. Any thoughts?
Here is my setup & thanks in advance for any advice or help with this issue :
HD 1 (operating system) : 80gb Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2GC
HD 2 (3 partitions) : WD 640gb - 6401AALS
HD 3 (5 partitions) : WD 1TB - 1002FAEX
Chances are they're being spun down due to Windows Power Management. Check the "advanced" section of your power settings to see how long Windows waits before powering down disk drives and adjust it to "never" if necessary.