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Backup drive less than half it's normal speed

by Frizzel / November 19, 2005 12:03 PM PST

I have 2 160 GB internal hard drives(western digital 8mb cache)-1 main and 1 backup. When I turned on my PC it went into a Windows recovery screen and said that it didn't recognize the D: drive(backup). I then rebooted and then it went back to that screen and said that it was renaming sectors and files of the drive so that it could recognize it. After that anything related to the drive is soooo slow(less than half the speed) when I transfer files, extract files, burn data. Will formating the drive fix this? Is there anything else I can do? Thanks.

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2 items.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2005 9:33 PM PST

1. Try the DMA flip the setting noted at

DO NOT TAKE what it displays as truthful. A bug/feature of XP may show DMA as functioning, but it isn't. Performing this simple procedure makes sure it's in DMA.

2. Not working good? It's time to run the maker's DRIVE FITNESS TEST.

I didn't write about incorrect setups. You would know and reveal if there was any doubt there or you used to the old slower 40 conductor cables.


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Take it easy
by symboliser / November 20, 2005 11:38 PM PST

To fully understand the problem with your hard drive could take time, so be patient. I would suggest the following:

Move or backup all data on the backup drive to another drive or other storage (CDR, CDRW, DVDRW, etc). If you don't need the data, then skip this step (ie it's a backup of existing data).

You will then need to check the drive connections in your computer. If you are comfortable with opening your computer case then disconnect the drive, try a different IDE channel and IDE cable if you have any spare (check jumper settings on disk drive when you do this). You will need to reboot the PC for each new configuration to see if it responds any differently.

You may skip the above physical tests and go straight to using software diagnostics such as MaxBlast and PowerMAX from Maxtor, or other similar tools depending on your hard drive manufacturer. Some tests will wipe your hard disk clean, this is why I suggested you copy/backup data if you still need it. If you do this, make sure you select the CORRECT DRIVE before running any destructive tests (especially if your two drives are the same make, model and size).

IF you manage to go through the above you will have spent half a day, or a whole night, or longer (some drive tests can take several hours) and still not be closer to the source of the problem, but you should be able to work through a process of elimination to see if its a cable problem, hard disk problem or file format problem (NTFS, FAT, etc).

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No floppy drive
by Frizzel / November 21, 2005 9:55 AM PST
In reply to: Take it easy

The only problem with PowerMax is that it has to write to a floppy and I don't have a floppy drive. I have MaxBlast, but there are no diagnostics on it-only formatting. I will double check the connections again, and if that doesn't work I think I will try formatting the drive.

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Cheap to fix.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2005 10:06 AM PST
In reply to: No floppy drive

Around here we steal a drive if we need to accomplish the test. And a new floppy drive is lunch money at the usual outlets.



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