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Hello everybody!

I have a really weird problem with my hard drive: when I copy a file the initial transfer rate is at about 30 MB/sec but soon after it starts decreasing until it reaches 5 MB/sec (After that, it stays constant)

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Intel i7 920 2,66 gHz
6 Gb Ram
GeForce GTX 275
Seagate Barracuda LP 1000GB SATA2 32MB
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I really don't understand why is my hard drive working so slow. For example, if I keep uTorrent opened and I'm downloading with 5.0 Mb/sec, my computer gets painfully slow and transfer rates are no bigger then 2-3 MB/sec.



I've attached some tests made with HDTune
 

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What is the model number of the drive (ST#########-####) If this is a 7200.11 family, check the serial number on Seagate's support site and se if there is a firmware update for that drive. (Lower right corner of the first support page for the serial checker link )
 

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Well, Microsoft detects it as "ST31000520AS ATA Device"
Driver Date: 21.06.2006 (?!?)
Driver Version: 6.1.7600.16385


Later Edit: I've tried to find a firmware update on Seagate's website but it seems that my driver is already updated
 

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Firmware is not a driver, the firmware is based on serial number - not model number. You will need to pull the drive to see the label to see the serial number.
 

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Yeah, it seems I've confused the two terms.. Seagate's website comes with a tool (DriveDetect) that determines your model and serial number so I didn't have to pull out my hard disk. Using it I couldn't find any firmware update... But I'll pull out my drive and do everything manually just to be sure. I'll post the results.
 
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