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My hard drive being extremely slow

I have just upgraded my hard drive from a 160 to a 500 gb drive. The only problem is it takes an eternity to load up anything from the drive. What can I do to verify that the drive is working as it should? It has gotten to the point where i have to wait 5 secs for a window to open..

Should I think about returning the unit back to the seller or what?

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  • qzam Dec 07, 2007

    Hey there, thanks for the info, but adjusting the VMM doesn't seem to do the trick. I upgraded from an IDE to a SATA drive and it just seems like the computer is always accessing the drive. The little LED is always blinking and it is jsut slowing down the speed soo much. Is there anything else I could add to make this easier to solve? thanks



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I hope it was at least 7200RPM but that wouldn't change with time.
You might the files most used are put in a logical order and the whole drive isn't accessed. As you add files to this drive expect the seek time to increse as more records are loaded.

It will take awhile. Then I would adjust your VMM (virtual memory management) located under control panel > system icon. click the advance tab. Slightly different with XP but you are seeking the performance options dialog box then manually adjust the size on the new drive by entering new values click set.

Since your drive is so large you could partition it into 5 drives of about 100MB. This would be the ideal solution.

You did not mention the type IDE, SCSI,PATA,ATA-100, ATA-133 drive you upgraded. Sometimes if you use the old IDE cable you do not gain any enhancements you would expect.

Finally do the math and located your bit Data Transfer Rate on the new drive it will be in MBps 500Gig devided by the MBps will give you how long it will take to read the whole drive. MAX time.


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    Larry Dec 08, 2007

    you didn't say if you upgraded the cable!

    Note my comment about IDE cable, if you don't upgrade the cable it won't go any faster than the old ide! Basically think of it as a pipeline, or what happens when you use USB 1.0 cable for USB 2.0. No improvement.

    So look at the cable and up grade if you haven't.



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