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Low Burst Rate On Seagate-alpine 120 Gig Hd


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#1 hoojfan

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:22 PM

My Dell Dimension 8300 PC (purchased June 2004) is running very slowly. On the advice of a member here, I downloaded HD Tune and tested my hard drive. According to HD Tune, my drive's burst rate of 6.9 MB/sec is way too low, as this parameter should always exceed the transfer rate maximum (which on my drive is 43.7 MB/sec). The benchmark for this drive in HD Tune's database indicates that the burst rate should about 99 MB/sec! And the average transfer rate should be 44 MB/sec, i.e., more than my maximum transfer rate.

I subscribe to and regularly use Webroot anti-spy software and Symantec anti-virus software. Repeated scans with these, as well as Spybot, Ad Aware, and other programs disclose no viruses, trojans of bots.

HD Tune suggests there could be a "configuration problem" but I have no idea what this might entail. Below is a printout of the HD Tune analysis of my drive and below that my system components. Any help will be much appreciated.

Yours truly,

Hoojfan


HD Tune: ST3120026AS Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 0.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 43.7 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 6.8 MB/sec
Access Time : 32.3 ms
Burst Rate : 6.9 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 16.5%


Quantity Parts # Part Description
1 D0116 PROCESSOR, 80532, 3.2G, 512, 800FSB, SOCKET N
1 N2194 INFORMATION, DEVIATE TO PWA G0728, LADDER WITH 5R/2R CIRCUITS
1 T0185 KIT, KEYBOARD, MOUSE, 104, UNITED STATES, WIRELESS, NMB
2 J0201 DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 256, 400M, 32X64, 8K, 184
1 0R533 CARD (CIRCUIT), MULTI-MEDIA, AUDIO, SB0203
1 W1043 DIGITAL VIDEO DISK DRIVE, DVD+RW, 4.7, TEAC, 8X, DVD+R, CHASSIS 2001
1 J2523 KIT, SPEAKER, 120V, DELL5650, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION
1 X2749 MODEM, V.92, DATA FAX, INTERNAL, DONNY, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION
1 G3171 DIGITAL VIDEO DISK DRIVE, 16X, IDE (INTEGRATED DRIVE ELECTRONICS), HALF HEIGHT, EXTERNAL, CHASSIS 2001
1 G0001 CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, 128MB, NV34, DIMENSION, SECOND
1 5Y232 DISPLAY, FLAT PANEL DISPLAY, 19, DUAL, 1901FP, MIDNIGHT GRAY, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION
1 5R212 FLOPPY DRIVE, 1.44M, 3.5" FORM FACTOR, 3MD, NO BEZEL, NEC CORPORATION, CHASSIS 2001
1 R0190 HARD DRIVE, 120G, Serial ATA, 8M, 7.2K, SEAGATE-ALPINE
1 1Y379 ASSEMBLY, CABLE, Serial ATA, TRANSFORMER SKY DIVE MINITOWER, 1.0
1 P0253 CABLE, POWER, 6P, AUXILIARY, Serial ATA, TRANSFORMER SKY DIVE MINITOWER
1 T1614 KIT, SOFTWARE, OFCSB-2K3, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR., ENGLAND/ENGLISH
1 N2999 KIT, SOFTWARE, MNY-2K4, STANDARD, ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MFGR., ENGLAND/ENGLISH
1 R2527 KIT, SOFTWARE, OVERPACK, WXPPSP1A, COMPACT DISKETTE W/DOCUMENTATION, ENGLAND/ENGLISH
1 G2876 KIT, DOCUMENTATON ON FLOPPY DISK, SOFTWARE, CYBERLINK, 4.14, DIMENSION

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 08:48 AM

I'd presume that the "configuration" problem could either be excessive disk reads by a program or by a problem with the disk.

1) Open up Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and click on the Processes tab. Then go to the View menu and click on "Select columns". In the next dialog, put a check next to "IO Reads" and click OK. Then check the Processes tab for excessive IO Reads by any program. Let us know if there's any excessive reading going on (and what process is causing it) and we'll suggest some things to remedy it.

2) Find out the manufacturer of your hard drive and visit their website to download their free diagnostic tools. Run them on your hard drive and see what they tell you.
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