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Second Hard Drive Has Really Slowed Down My System


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#1 JamieH

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 10:52 PM

OK, ever since I added a new 250GB Seagate IDE drive to my system, my computer, along with the second drive, have been really slow (Like, unbearably slow).
When I disconnect the second drive, the speed goes back to normal. But I need that second drive!

Why is it so slow??

My IDE layout:
Primary Master: Maxtor 60GB (Windows drive)
Primary Slave: Seagate 250GB (Making system slow)
Secondary Master: LG DVD-ROM drive
Secondary Slave: None

Thanks!

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Another question:
I would much rather have the Seagate drive in a USB enclosure, but I have exchanged three enclosures now, and it works in none of them, even though it works fine internally. The jumpers are set to Master.

The enclosures were:
First try: Generic enclosure
Second try: "Smart-Drive"
Third Try: NexStar something-or-other

None of them would take the drive!
The drive appears in Device Manager, but not in Disk Management, even though Dev. Manager says that it is "Working Properly".

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I hate hard drives!!!!!!!!
Go punchcards! :thumbsup: :flowers:


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EDIT: A pin is missing from the drive, but somebody on another forum said it was fine, could this be the problem? (View attachment)

Thanks!

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Edited by JamieH, 24 May 2008 - 11:03 PM.


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 12:35 AM

That jumper is definitely going to have to be installed. This sets the hdd as either Master (M), Slave (S), or Cable Select (CS).

This tutorial explains the jumper positions and has photos as well.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:46 PM

Why do you have you second HD on the primary channel? Put it on the secondary with the optical drive and see if that helps a bit.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 11:01 PM

Why do you have you second HD on the primary channel? Put it on the secondary with the optical drive and see if that helps a bit.



The slave hdd is on the proper IDE connection with the master hdd, placing it as a slave on the secondary connector as a slave to the optical drive could actually slow its performance as the optical as the master will dictate the speed.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 07:40 AM

The missing pin in your picture is normal. The depressed pin is not. It could have come damaged from the factory or when installed in an ill-fitting enclosure.
It is more than likely your problem
From what I can see from your pic, the damaged pin is #17, which is a bi-directional data port DDO

Edited by garmanma, 26 May 2008 - 07:50 AM.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 09:30 AM

Good catch Mark, I should have taken a look at the full size photo. :thumbsup: That pin definitely going to render the hdd useless.

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