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Absolution
05-18-08, 01:40 PM
I was trying to watch some movies and noticed some massive skipping. I updated my codecs and it persisted. Checked my drivers etc. Then I thought, mmm, it looks like hard disk trashing. I loaded up HDTune and saw the most awful benchmark ever.

http://www.game-deception.org/abouttodie.jpg

Notice that the performance is almost absolutely 0mb/sec at some points. Is this a sign that the HD is about to die? This is a pretty new one.

Also, my 2.5" E-SATA HD runs fine, hovers around 40MB/sec for the most part. Anyone have an idea whats going on?

Dazz
05-18-08, 01:55 PM
Install Service pack 1 it greatly increase Hard Drive performance under Vista.

Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread but just got a couple of new Spinpoint F1 drives just throught some people might be intrested in them against the Raptor X drives and with the thread being about HD performance.

Spinpoint 750GB RAID-0 128KB
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=31505&stc=1&d=1211136883

Raptor X 150GB RAID-0 128KB
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=31506&stc=1&d=1211138748

Absolution
05-18-08, 03:31 PM
I've got SP1 installed.

Dazz
05-18-08, 03:54 PM
What about defragging it first or remove some files? If the head has to keep moving from the inner to out platter that will cuase it to spike as it will delayed reading and cuase it to perform worse.

Revs
05-18-08, 04:05 PM
It doesn't look good, but I would try changing your SATA cable and put it on another power connecter just to be sure. Every Maxtor drive I've ever had died far too quickly.

EDIT: Is that your main drive or a storage drive? If it's not your main drive you can run 'Error-Checking' from Disk Management.

Bman212121
05-18-08, 04:41 PM
I was trying to watch some movies and noticed some massive skipping. I updated my codecs and it persisted. Checked my drivers etc. Then I thought, mmm, it looks like hard disk trashing. I loaded up HDTune and saw the most awful benchmark ever.

http://www.game-deception.org/abouttodie.jpg

Notice that the performance is almost absolutely 0mb/sec at some points. Is this a sign that the HD is about to die? This is a pretty new one.

Also, my 2.5" E-SATA HD runs fine, hovers around 40MB/sec for the most part. Anyone have an idea whats going on?

Yes, you having other services running in the background like windows defender, superfetch, Antivirus, defrag, or system restore that are using the hard drive. Your esata drive won't have that issue because it isn't being accessed like your OS drive is.

If you open up the task manager, goto the performance tab and click on resource monitor. Open up the Disk tab and the sort by read from highest to lowest. Chances are one of the culprits will be at the top of the list.

Absolution
05-18-08, 05:02 PM
Yes, you having other services running in the background like windows defender, superfetch, Antivirus, defrag, or system restore that are using the hard drive. Your esata drive won't have that issue because it isn't being accessed like your OS drive is.

If you open up the task manager, goto the performance tab and click on resource monitor. Open up the Disk tab and the sort by read from highest to lowest. Chances are one of the culprits will be at the top of the list.
I had already disabled defender, system restore, and superfetch. Also tried the test without kav even open. There are aren't any read/writes going on in external programs. Resource monitor reports < 128 kb/s as far as disk activity. Even if all those programs were running, the performance wouldn't be nearly as bad.

nekrosoft13
05-18-08, 05:10 PM
since you have nforce board and maxtor hdd, try disabling NCQ. Nforce and maxtor are not good friends.

one of my external 2.5 ide hdd have the same issue, its a compability problem between hdd and hdd controller, in my case hitachi and myson controller cause the issue.