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Hard Drive Slowdown (3mb/s)

Hello, my secondary hard drive has recently begun to read/write very slowly, from about 50mb/s down to 3mb/s read rates. Thinking a defrag couldn't hurt, I went ahead and did that.. it took over 15 hours to complete. Everything was working fine until a couple weeks ago, I haven't made any changes. Could it be that some configuration variable became corrupted? Or is it more likely time to buy a new drive? Thanks for any advice..

The drive in question is a Seagate 160GB ATA
My main drive is a WD 40GB ATA
Other system specs:
Windows XP Pro SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
1GB RAM

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Sometimes you can go to their website

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and download diagnostic utilities.

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No support page

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Seagate.com's support section is 404 not found... nice.

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Here's a recurring issue.

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XP degrades the DMA mode if it sees errors. Fix? Flip it to PIO and back. How? Hint: Type XP DMA into google.com and read how.

The next thing is that the motherboard drivers need a refresh. I do that all the time even if the owner insists it worked last week. XP doesn't fetch this for us so check the chipset maker's site.

Bob

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Good advice, didn't work

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It's looking like there's something physically wrong with the drive, so I'm now looking at replacing it. My question regarding that is.. My MB supports SATA-150, if I buy a HDD that says SATA-300 or SATA-II, will it work in my computer, albeit at a lower speed, or is it necessary to use a SATA-150 HDD? -Thanks

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run the diagnostic

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Run SeaTools to determine if your drive is functioning properly.

SATA 300 or SATA II drives should be backwards compatible with SATA 150 motherboard controllers. To be sure, check the hard drive's documentation before purchasing. What you usually find is that the hard drive can be jumpered to force it to function as a SATA 150 device.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=5e81781e73d5d010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&locale=en-US

BTW, what is the specific model number of the Seagate hard drive?

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Not much luck yet

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(NT) Download it from a different computer and connection

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Got seatools

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Good idea, this worked. I ran the s.m.a.r.t. test and the long test, and both show no problems.

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back to your speed problem

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Did you try the two things that R. Proffitt mentioned?

1. XP DMA?
2. Proper/latest motherboard drivers?

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Yes

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I did.

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DMA details

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On the IDE Channel that has the 160GB Ultra ATA (ATA/100) hard drive attached, what is the DMA mode?

Ultra DMA mode 5, Ultra DMA mode 2, other?

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Here's something

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Turns out I was looking at the wrong IDE Channel when resetting the mode to PIO and back to DMA. Now that I've figured that bit out, I see that it's stuck in PIO mode. Setting it to use PIO and then to 'DMA if available' doesn't change anything.. it stays in PIO.

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SeaTools Desktop

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Re "Here's something"

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Tell me about the version of motherboard driver package you installed.

Bob

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same problem

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Hi unfortunately i have this problem with my brand new seagate 160GB SATA drive but i've runned some benchmarks with this score: Write 3mb\s , Read 200mb\s . Its a bit frustating . I have the newest drivers and the whole computer is 1month old. I've runned the seatool and it took 4hours to complete with the result of failure of the extended test but it didnt say why... so it work properly but slow i checked the main IDE channel it is in PIO mode

Specs:
drive - seagate barracuda 7200 (ST3160811AS)
Windows XP pro s2
1gb ram
Intel Pentium 945D 3.4ghz
motherboard : MSI 945PL

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