Hay guys. First post here. I hope I don't screw it up. I'm trying to diagnose what is probably drive failure. But some of the symptoms give me a tiny, micro-degree of hope that this may be something else.
I did something incredibly stupid. I just upgraded the CPU from an i3 2100 to and i7 3770. I have an Intel DH67CL mobo and four SATA drives. I had a most unfortunate mishap during this process. I had unplugged the 2x2 12v core power connector from the mobo during install. When I plugged it back in, like a complete idiot, I plugged it back in 45 degrees rotated. This, of course, prevented the unit from posting. In my defense, I'm almost blind, and I thought that the shape of the connector sleeves would have prevented plugging it in wrong. Bad mistake.
Fortunately, after pulling my hair out for a while, I discovered my error, corrected it, and everything seemed OK.
The next day, I was working on an audio project that streams audio samples from the drive in question, my "Sample" drive, and the sample player (Kontakt) started choking. I ran some tests on the drive and the tests couldn't even complete.
What's weird, and I've had plenty of drive failures over the years, is this one still works. Just incredibly slowly. I can navigate the drive and its gazillion directories, albeit incredibly slowly. I can copy files from it, if their really small (like txt files).
It just seems to be going really slowly. I need to figure out if this could be a mobo issue? Or a driver issue? Or, most likely, some kind of disk malfunction.
Here's what I've already tried to diagnose the problem:
I tried multiple SATA cables. This had no effect, and those same cables all work fine with the other drives.
I tried multiple SATA ports. No effect there either.
I heard that uninstalling the SATA controller drivers might work. But I'm not sure which ones to uninstall from Device Manager.
Sorry this is so long. Thank you.