Hey there, I have a great build here (not overclocked) that can handle any damn game I can find on ultra with zero lag. Here is the problem. I use the WD 1TB HDD for media pics/videos/etc. and every time i go to access these folders/files on this particular HD it takes 5ish seconds for them to open. I realize SSD is a much faster drive however I dont ever remember a 7200 HDD being so slow! help me!
see build below
-ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
On the Z77 Sabertooth the 6GB interface are the Brown connectors, Black connectors are the Z77 3GB, the White SATA Connectors are 3rd party 3G. The Z77 Manual said the White were 6G but an ASUS Video said the Brown were the 6G. Brown is correct. Make sure you are using the Brown ports.
Which SATA connectors you use shouldn't matter - no mechanical HDD can max out a 3Gb/s SATA port.
I think you will find windows is turning your drive off after a few minutes, so you have to wait for it to spin up before being able to access it. Go to power plans, change plan settings, change advanced power settings, and set Turn off hard disk after to Never.
It happened to me bro, SATA 64mb caviar black, the problem that you have is a defective unit in the hard drive, and I don't think you can actually fix this thing man, I'm so sorry, but mine arrived defective and I built my pc just now, so it can't be anything that I did, you have what they call "bad sectors" and there are software that can actually repair that, but I don't really know them alot, but my drive is very slow and S.M.A.R.T didn't let me start up because of bad sectors...
Control Panel -> Power Options -> pick whatever plan you have -> Advanced Settings -> Hard Drive
Change the hard drive sleep time to something else like 120 minutes. The issue is that you probably have something ridiculous like 20 minutes, so every time you access it it's sleeping and needs to spend that 5 seconds to spin up. It's unfortunately WD being all energy conscious I think their Caviar Green's especially do this.