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December 19, 2011 12:13:46 PM

Hi there. I had issues with a Hard Disk failing and having a large amount of errors causing my games to stutter and causing insanely slow load times. I since replaced that hard disk with a 2.5" from my laptop which has been working much faster than the old hard drive (for obvious reasons), but I've noticed my games are now "pausing" when they are loading. I'm not experiencing stuttering like I was before, but it seems my games are now loading very slowly.

As well, I've also noticed a slight decline in performance in general, although it's very negligible.

I'm just wondering if my computer is somehow causing my hard disk to fail or is causing it to malfunction in some way. This was a 1 year old hard disk, and it shouldn't be dying. I also used Disk Checkup, and here's the results.
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  1. *** DiskCheckup V3.1 Build: 1001 Report ***
  2.  
  3. SysInfo DLL Version: SysInfo v1.0 Build: 1014
  4. Time of export: 09:11:39 19-Dec-2011
  5.  
  6. Device information:
  7. Device ID: 0
  8. Interface: ATA
  9. Device Capacity: 305242 MB
  10. Serial Number: 50D3C6U4T
  11. Model Number: TOSHIBA MK3265GSX
  12. Firmware Revision: GJ003M
  13. Partitions:
  14. C: 293180 MB
  15. D: 10561 MB
  16.  
  17. ATA information:
  18.  
  19. Disk geometry:
  20. Cylinders: 38913
  21. Tracks/Cylinder: 255
  22. Sectors/Track: 63
  23. Bytes/Sector: 512
  24. Total disk sectors: 625142448
  25. Logical sector size: 512
  26. Physical sector size: 512
  27. Media rotation rate: 5400 RPM
  28. Buffer size: 8192 KB
  29. ECC size: 0 Bytes
  30.  
  31. Standards compliance:
  32. ATA8-ACS Supported: Yes
  33. ATA/ATAPI-7 Supported: Yes
  34. ATA/ATAPI-6 Supported: Yes
  35. ATA/ATAPI-5 Supported: Yes
  36. ATA/ATAPI-4 Supported: Yes
  37. Serial/Parallel: Serial
  38. SATA 3.0 Compilance: No
  39. SATA 2.6 Compilance: Yes
  40. SATA 2.5 Compilance: Yes
  41. SATA II: Ext Compilance: Yes
  42. SATA 1.0a Compilance: Yes
  43. ATA8-AST Compilance: Yes
  44. World Wide ID: 5000039283403C26
  45.  
  46. Feature support:
  47. SMART supported: Yes
  48. SMART enabled: Yes
  49. SMART self-test supported: Yes
  50. SMART error log supported: Yes
  51. LBA supported: Yes
  52. IORDY supported: Yes
  53. CFast supported: No
  54. DMA supported: Yes
  55. Maximum Multiword DMA mode supported: 2
  56. Multiword DMA selected: None
  57. Maximum UltraDMA mode supported: 5
  58. UltraDMA selected: 5
  59. Maximum PIO mode supported: 4
  60. SATA Compliance: Yes
  61. NCQ priority information supported: No
  62. Unload while NCQ commands are outstanding supported: Yes
  63. Phy Event Counters supported: Yes
  64. Receipt of power management requests supported: Yes
  65. NCQ feature set supported: Yes
  66. SATA Gen2 Signaling Speed (3.0Gb/s) supported: Yes
  67. SATA Gen1 Signaling Speed (1.5Gb/s) supported: Yes
  68. Software Settings Preservation: Supported, Enabled
  69. In-order data delivery: Not supported
  70. Initiating power management: Supported, Disabled
  71. DMA Setup auto-activation: Supported, Enabled
  72. Non-zero buffer offsets: Not supported
  73. Trusted Computing supported: No
  74. Host Protected Area (HPA) supported: Yes
  75. Read look-ahead supported: Yes
  76. Read look-ahead enabled: Yes
  77. Write cache supported: Yes
  78. Write cache enabled: Yes
  79. Power management supported: Yes
  80. Security mode supported: Yes
  81. Security mode enabled: No
  82. Device Configuration Overlay (DCO) supported: Yes
  83. 48bit Addressing supported: Yes
  84. Auto Acoustic Managment (AAM) supported: No
  85. Power-up in Standby (PUIS) supported: No
  86. Advanced Power Management (APM) supported: Yes
  87. Advanced Power Management (APM) enabled: Yes
  88. Current APM level: Minimum power consumption without Standby
  89. CompactFlash Association (CFA) supported: No
  90. General Purpose Logging (GPL) supported: Yes
  91. Streaming supported: No
  92. Media card pass through supported: No
  93. Extended power conditions supported: No
  94. Extended status reporting supported: No
  95. Write-read-verify supported: No
  96. Free-fall control supported: No
  97. TRIM command supported: No
  98. SCT command transport supported: Yes
  99. NV Cache enabled: No
  100. NV Cache Power Management supported: No
  101.  
  102. SMART ATTRIBUTES:
  103. ID Description Status Value Worst Threshold Raw Value TEC
  104. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  105. 1 Raw Read Error Rate OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  106. 2 Throughput Performance OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  107. 3 Spin Up Time OK 100 100 1 1164 N.A.
  108. 4 Start/Stop Count OK 100 100 0 1705 N.A.
  109. 5 Reallocated Sector Count OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  110. 7 Seek Error Rate OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  111. 8 Seek Time Performance OK 100 100 50 0 N.A.
  112. 9 Power On Time OK 88 88 0 5054 N.A.
  113. 10 Spin Retry Count OK 134 100 30 0 N.A.
  114. 12 Power Cycle Count OK 100 100 0 1698 N.A.
  115. 191 G-sense Error Rate OK 100 100 0 159 N.A.
  116. 192 Power off Retract Count OK 100 100 0 36 N.A.
  117. 193 Load Cycle Count OK 94 94 0 62447 N.A.
  118. 194 Temperature OK 100 100 0 32 C N.A.
  119. 196 Reallocation Event Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  120. 197 Current Pending Sector Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  121. 198 Uncorrectable Sector Count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  122. 199 UltraDMA CRC Error Count OK 200 200 0 0 N.A.
  123. 220 Disk shift OK 100 100 0 71 N.A.
  124. 222 Loaded hours OK 91 91 0 3656 N.A.
  125. 223 Load/Unload retry count OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  126. 224 Load friction OK 100 100 0 0 N.A.
  127. 226 Load-in Time OK 100 100 0 254 N.A.
  128. 240 Head flying hours OK 100 100 1 0 N.A.
  129. [/spoiler]

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a c 415 G Storage
December 19, 2011 4:11:21 PM

Was your old drive a 3.5" drive? Laptop drives are generally slower than desktop drives because they typically spin at a lower RPM (to conserve power) and they don't store as much data per track, meaning they require more revolutions to read the same amount of data.
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December 19, 2011 5:22:02 PM

Yes, it's a laptop drive, but this drive was working much faster than it is now, which was the same problem with my last drive. I know 2.5" are much slower, but it's pausing as if it can't read some sectors.
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a c 415 G Storage
December 19, 2011 6:23:42 PM

If the same drive is working slower than before, then it's either a fragmentation issue or potentially a problem with the drive itself. You can try using a utility such as DiskCheckup which can report the SMART error statistics for the drive - if it's having problems reading data from the platters it should show up in the error counters.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_drive#ATA_S.M.A.R.T....
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