Recently, and suddenly (happenned a few days ago when I switched on my PC) my two hard drives have becmoe excruciatingly slow . Winows takes ages to start up, and when I coopy files to a usb drive, the speed ranges between 1 and 3 MB/s. It used to be much faster, it just suddenly started to become very slow, both my C drive and my L drive. When I record with fraps for example, the frame rate goes from >50 to <20 !! This was defninitely not the case before. Are my hard drives failing? I have defragmented both, each are 1TB in size and not running in raid 0 or raid 1. Both of them are 5400rpm as well. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Thank you for your help! Really need it
I somehow don't think you have *** Hard Drive problem. Sounds more like you have *** virus or rogue application taking up resources. Go into task manager and turn off as many services you can then test again. Also, obviously do *** through virus/malware scan. That would be my bet.
So, I tried HD Tune. Firstly, I did the read test and it went well- a bit before halfway it became MUCH slower though, minimum = 6.0 mb/s and maximum is 112.5 mb/s. I then clicked on the 'health' tab in the program, and one 'section' was yellow- it is called: "(C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count". I clicked on it, and it said that there was a communication error which may be caused by a damaged cable. The health status was thus on 'warning'. Anyway, I then ran the error scan and there was not a single problem.. Could my problem be software related? o.O
Could be an issue with Windows. Maybe worth spending $50 on a new 7200 rpm drive to find out? Install Windows fresh on a new drive, that way your settings and files are all safe while you do the test. If it runs better, you can start moving your files over. I don't recomment moving all of the profile over, because if you have corrupt files, registry, whatever, if you copy the whole user pofile, you will just move the problem over as well.
OK, I might give that a try. Don't know when I will be able to buy one though
But I will post here when/ if I do! Would you consider an SSD worth the money, by the way? I was thinking of getting one of those- pity it costs so absurdly much
If you have the extra budget, an SSD is a noticable improvement in speed. I would rank it in the class of a high-end video card though, pretty to look at and for pure numbers, but not "needed". A good regular disk drive would provide a good chunck of performance of an SSD for a much lower price. Just like a tier or 2 bellow the "fastest" card would run any game well enough to play on.