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24 Feb 2011  
garrymccarthy

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Thanks Hopalong, I may have to do that in the end.

I downloaded DiskBench to check my hard drive speed, and it produced some interesting results. (The speed greatly varied from time to time... not sure if that's common though)

Here are the results from creating 2 48MB files:

FIRST GO (VERY SLOW):
Starting Create File Bench...

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench1.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 7601 ms
Transfer Rate: 6.315 MB/s

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench2.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 9427 ms
Transfer Rate: 5.092 MB/s

Create File Bench ended

AFTER A WHILE I DID IT A SECOND TIME (Much faster):
Starting Create File Bench...

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench1.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 499 ms
Transfer Rate: 96.192 MB/s

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench2.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 499 ms
Transfer Rate: 96.192 MB/s

Create File Bench ended

AGAIN, FAST:

Starting Create File Bench...

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench1.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 483 ms
Transfer Rate: 99.379 MB/s

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench2.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 469 ms
Transfer Rate: 102.345 MB/s

Create File Bench ended

FINALLY SLOW AGAIN:

Starting Create File Bench...
Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench1.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 5698 ms
Transfer Rate: 8.424 MB/s

Created file: C:\Users\Garry\Desktop\DiskBench2.bin
Size: 50331648 bytes
Time: 5228 ms
Transfer Rate: 9.181 MB/s

Create File Bench ended

Surely this means there is a problem with Hard Drive/Motherboard/IDE Cables?
What do you guys think?
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