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Old 11-08-2011, 02:30 AM   #1
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Hello, I have just recently bought a new hard drive and noticed its very very slow. I have installed Windows 7 multiple times and no improvements. From the login screen to desktop it stalls on Welcome for about 30 seconds and then to load 2 or 3 programs about 30 seconds. It takes about a minute to use my computer properly after Welcome screen disappears.

I have a i7 2600K CPU

Hard Drive - ST1000DL002-9TT153 ATA (I think its a 5200rpm Barracuda)

I have deframented it many times and that does not improve anything.

When there is a high load on the drive for example installing a game or application it can sometimes make the mouse freeze up or my sound will lag, not something you would expect from a £899 desktop. My old £350 gaming computer which is now 3 years old boots up super fast. Also when programs are installing Chrome loads pages really slow and I have a 50mb connection.

I have used HD Tune and checked for errors and the drive is Ok.

Hope someone can help me :)

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Old 11-08-2011, 03:59 AM   #2
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Run a test for faulty RAM modules: Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Download the ISO (pre-compiled bootable ISO in zip format) and create a CD from it.
Boot your PC from that CD and run the test for at least five passes.

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Old 11-09-2011, 06:13 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help, No errors where found. I used my Dads hard drive and it was a lot faster, no hangs on bootup and this is a 3 year old drive he is using which has not been fragmented for a year and has not had a fresh install of windows for about a year too. My hard drive is a fresh install and been defragmented yesterday.

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Old Hard Drive Time - http://i42.tinypic.com/2n7fths.png
New Hard Drive Time - http://i39.tinypic.com/21e3goy.png
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:03 AM   #4
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Could you show us a HD Tune read benchmark graph?
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:21 AM   #5
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First one with Anti Virus enabled -

Disabled Anti Virus -

They want me to send the drive off without a replacement so I am going to have to back up 600GB worth of data and don't really fancy doing that. So if anyone has a solution that would be great. With AntiVirus its slower but that doesn't answer why its slow booting up.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:28 AM   #6
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Could you please give more information about your motherboard

I see that you have actually purchased a 5200RPM drive which are slower (less noisey but i am sure we are not worried about that here)
Which hard drive was in system when you purchased it can you post the speeds of it ?

Hard Drive speed is controlled by many factors
1) SATA controller Speed
2) Hard Drive Speed (RPMs)
3) Hard Drive cache (mb)
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:35 AM   #7
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The old drive specifications -

Specifications
Product Description Maxtor DiamondMax 21 - hard drive - 250 GB - SATA-300
Type Hard drive - internal
Form Factor 3.5" x 1/4H
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2 cm
Weight 368 g
Capacity 250 GB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Data Transfer Rate 300 MBps
Average Seek Time 11 ms
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Buffer Size 8 MB



New Drive Specifications -

Hard Disk
Drive Interface SATA 3Gb/s
Disk Size 3.5 Inches
Disk Capacity 1000GB
Disk Speed 5900RPM
Data Buffer/RAM 32MB
Performance
Data Transfer Rates 300MB/s • Sustained: 144MB/s
Average Seek Time Read: 12ms Write: 13ms
Average Latency 4.16ms
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There is a bit of scatter in the access time graph. This would correspond to read retries. The big dip in the first graph could be related to interference from background Windows tasks, or it could reflect a "difficult" sector. I don't know whether any of these things would be responsible for your slow bootup, though.

You might like to try disabling those programs that autorun at startup in order to determine if any of them are responsible.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:39 AM   #9
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Even the Windows Loading screen is slow, The time it took my hard drive to get past the boot screen the older drive was already on the desktop. I have have 3 fresh installs and still no change.
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Lets start with clean startup to see if any of the installed programs are causing your drive to lag
Perform a clean startup to determine whether background programs are interfering with your game or program

if that is not the case then lets check the drive for any possible sector problems
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Choose the program for your hard drive, download and burn the ISO to the Cd then boot from it and run the tests
Post the results here
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I have done lots of fresh installs and that has not solved anything, I don't think its problems causing it. I will do the Drive Diagnostics now, thanks for the help ;)
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Just done the 'Quick Test' on Seagate Tools and it said passed. This is really starting to make me wonder what is wrong with this drive, HD Tune shows no errors too.
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please run the extensive (long) test
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How long will it roughly take on a 1TB? Because its quite late now and will more than likely have to run it tomorrow.
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just depends
usually about hour n half to 2 hours
if errors found then longer because it will try to fix the errors

leave it running all night
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Done the Long test and it finished with no errors :O
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:38 AM   #17
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I just wish there was an easy fix to this :O


Not sure if this can help you diagnose the problem at all, Im useless when it comes to hard drives.

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Have you ever replaced the SATA cable from the drive to the mobo?
Also change the SATA controller slot from the current one to another free slot on the mobo
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I swapped the SATA from the DVD drive and changed slots, I think I have solved it for now. But still seems weird how my Dad's hard drive worked fine. Basically I have disabled Floppy Disk is BIOS and also put 'DelayedDesktopSwitchTimeout' in Registry to 5 and now the welcome screen goes fast and the it loads fine.

Thanks for the support, Puzzles me why this has happened on my computer and not on my Dad's.
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Each mobo has different POST configurations and that's probably why u see different timing

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