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 Post subject: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 7:01 pm 
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I have a Seagate ST3100528AS 1TB HDD that for the last few months has been acting sluggish at times in Windows.

For example, I'll open my downloads folder and it can take up to a few minutes to populate.

The drive is not fragmented, and every test I've run I don't return negative results.

I'm toying with the idea of buying a new drive, but I hate the idea of getting rid of a good drive if it's not bad.

The rest of my system is a MSI P67A-GD65 (B3), i7-3700k at clock stock, 4 x DDR3 1600 4 GB GSkill sticks.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 7:25 pm 
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I have that exact same drive for video storage. It's always been a bit slow to spin up and populate, but consistently, and by maybe 5-10 seconds, not minutes. It has started to make a soft "brrrrrp" motor noise when spinning up, though, over the past few months.

I also have another Seagate, a 320GB IDE drive, that seemed to lose a file or two. I went to save a spreadsheet and got a "No such file exists" error message. Saving it to another drive worked fine. All tests showed no errors or faults... but once a drive starts acting funny, it's really hard to trust it. It's a shame... I really could use that 320GB of space right now.

I think perhaps you and I are going to need to look for a new drive at some point, even though all test results and S.M.A.R.T. reports show no problems.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 11:34 am 
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I just hate the idea of spending money to replace something if it isn't broke and still meets my needs.

Although there's a 2 TB drive on today's Shell Shocker.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Are you by any chance using the new version 8 of Avast? I noticed the same problem you are having with my drives (3 of them) when I upgraded to Avast Free version 8. The new version will scan the drives when you try to access them.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 10:27 am 
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No. Microsoft Security Essentials, although I am thinking of switching to something else very soon.

I'm also contemplating doing a reinstall and going to Windows 8 Pro.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 2:28 pm 
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ram1220 wrote:
Are you by any chance using the new version 8 of Avast? I noticed the same problem you are having with my drives (3 of them) when I upgraded to Avast Free version 8. The new version will scan the drives when you try to access them.

Thanks for the warning. I was considering switching from Avira Free and going back to Avast. There's a lot of discontent about Avast 8 on their forums.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:57 pm 
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Well, it's not the hard drive.

I was loaned a brand new 1 TB drive yesterday.

Plugged it in, cloned the drives using Acronis, and left the new drive on a different sATA port.

No difference today after unplugging the old drive and powering back up.

So, it's either an OS issue, which likely means a fresh install or a chipset issue (P67).

I was thinking about installing Windows 8, now would be a good time to seriously consider doing so.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 7:32 pm 
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I'm glad - and relieved - to hear that it's not the drive.
Chipset issue... hm. Drivers?


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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 2:32 pm 
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....how about malware guys? Install, update and run Malwarebytes and use the long scan.

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 Post subject: Re: Hard disk sluggishness?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:26 am 
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Nastyman wrote:
....how about malware guys? Install, update and run Malwarebytes and use the long scan.

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I couldn't tell you unfortunately.

I wiped the system before I saw this and installed Windows 8 Pro.

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