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December 18, 2010 7:38:07 PM

I've just installed a 2TB Samsung HD204UI and am slowly moving my data to it. However, once in a while when I try to access my files on it (mostly movies and comics), my entire Windows 7 freezes for 2 seconds, then returns to normal. It gets a little annoying sometimes. Recently, it's been happening even when I don't directly open a file on it.

Was wondering if there's anything I should be worried about, and if there's any way to fix this.

My machine specs:
Intel i5 2.67GHz
4GB RAM
Windows 7 64-bit
Primary HD: Samsung HD502HJ ATA
Secondary HD: Samsung HD204UI ATA
PSU: OCZ 600W

Thanks in advance. =)

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December 22, 2010 12:58:15 AM

You could try first to make sure the drive is OK. For that, run
chkdsk x: /f/r,
where x is that drive's letter. It will take a while. Then, run a clean-up and a defrag on it.
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December 22, 2010 2:03:31 AM

I found the solution. If anyone else is having this problem, it might be that your power options are set so that your hard drive powers down when not in use after a while. I set it to never power down and everything's fine now. Haven't had a freeze yet after two days. =D

Thanks for giving this a look house 70. =]
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December 22, 2010 11:34:30 AM

Good one. In fact, I always set my HDDs to never power down, so I guess I overlooked that option; I also tend to run diagnostics first when something goes wrong, but only because I know I have already set the power options a while ago. Thanks for sharing the solution with us. Glad it worked out.
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January 3, 2011 2:19:31 PM

Best answer selected by derialstrazus.
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