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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:57 AM

Hi,

I am having an issue with one of my external harddrives.
The drive itself is a Western Digital Elements 500GB with usb connection.
My OS system is Windows XP Pro, SP2

Many functions on this device are extremely slow, for example:
using the right mouse-click to:
- create a winrar file
- extract from a winrar file
- use the properties function
- cut&paste

I have tried using other usb hubs. I've tried using the drive on another machine. All with same result.
It did not used to be so slow. And th drive is less than half full.
The strangest thing is, i have another identical drive, almost full, and that one is 10x faster.

Any help to understand what is wrong, and maybe do something aboutit, would be very welcome.

Thanks.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 02:46 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

Do any routine maintenance on the drive...run chkdsk /r and then defrag it?

There is a space after the k and before the / on that chkdsk /r command.

How to Understand and Use Chkdsk in Windows XP - http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/chkdsk.htm

If you start it from My Computer/Explorer, be sure to put check marks in both possible boxes presented, not just one.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 02:52 PM

Just to make sure - the connection is USB 2.0 right?
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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:49 AM

yes, the connection is USB 2.0

I'm not too familiar with command prompts, so not done the chkdsk yet.

Right now there seems to be a far greater problem.

Almost all the directories / files have unintelligible filenames, and when I try to open them I recieve the mesage:
"The filename, directory name or volume label syntax is not correct".
This includes directories that were accessible a few hours previously.

Also when trying to save a file, Irecieved the error message (aprox)
"The path is too deep".

Checked the drive again on my laptop .... the drive is certainly fast enough, and the files are OK !!!!

Problem with the main PC ?????????

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 11:18 AM

UPDATE:

I have run AVG-antivir (free-version) and Dr.Web (full scan), both fully updated. Also ran Hitman Pro3.
Nothing found except a few entries in the Dr.Web and Combofix quarantine vaults. (Combofix from previous cleanup). In particular PsExec.171, which may have acounted for slow running in the past?

I re-connected the external HDD to the main PC, and now everything 'seems' ok, except the speed.

Not convinced that everyhing is 100% ok yet...




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