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Windows 7: WD10EARS-00Y5B1 (SATA)

31 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
WD10EARS-00Y5B1 (SATA)

That's my HDD, and it's what it used to say in the Device Manager.
I told windows to update the drivers and I installed the only one on the list.

Now it just says "disk drive" in Device Manager and unless it's just me I've noticed a decrease in performance.

All of this is really rather embarassing, I've been known to be a true computer nerd but at this simple thing I find myself being rather clueless.

What did I do and what has this done to my damn PC.

*sadface*

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31 Mar 2011   #2

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

can you just uninstall the drivers?

scrooge
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01 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

What do you mean?
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01 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Can you post a screen shot?
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01 Apr 2011   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Just a hunch, but do you have SpeedFan or a similar installed? If so, go to the S.M.A.R.T. tab and see what it shows. I have a hunch that the SMART has failed, and if so, the drive probably isn't far behind.
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02 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I have CoreTemp.

What's the S.M.A.R.T tab? ._.
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02 Apr 2011   #7

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

CoreTemp is of no use for the purpose I had in mind. Download/install SpeedFan, and you will understand what the S.M.A.R.T. tab is without me having to explain it. Either that, or download/install CrystalDiskInfo.
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02 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vain View Post
That's my HDD, and it's what it used to say in the Device Manager.
I told windows to update the drivers and I installed the only one on the list.

Now it just says "disk drive" in Device Manager and unless it's just me I've noticed a decrease in performance.

All of this is really rather embarassing, I've been known to be a true computer nerd but at this simple thing I find myself being rather clueless.

What did I do and what has this done to my damn PC.

*sadface*
What driver was it you installed???

Also hard drive drivers are built into the OS - they don't really need to be updated. Might you have updated the SATA/IDE drivers instead? Chipset drivers?

Also system specs might help.

Thanks.
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02 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I right-clicked on my HDD in Device Manager, clicked "Update Driver Software".
Clicked "Browse my computer for driver software" and then clicked "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" and then I chose the one called "Disk drive" which was also the only one available. Then the name of my HDD changed from WD10EARS-00Y5B1 (SATA) to simply "Disk drive".

Chipset drivers have recently been updated but that didn't have an impact. SATA/IDE drivers? I haven't updated them, but maybe I should. To be honest with you I'm not sure what it is.

I'm also going to download SpeedFan tonight and check out this S.M.A.R.T tab.
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02 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vain View Post
I right-clicked on my HDD in Device Manager, clicked "Update Driver Software".
Clicked "Browse my computer for driver software" and then clicked "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" and then I chose the one called "Disk drive" which was also the only one available. Then the name of my HDD changed from WD10EARS-00Y5B1 (SATA) to simply "Disk drive.
Why????? did you do this??? Because as you see..... it's caused you headaches.

Anyway you can either "Rollback" the drivers to an earlier date

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Or you can try a system restore to before you did your driver update - System Restore

If you get this resolved I would suggest you leave hard drive "driver updates" alone.... Unless you absolutely have a problem that requires it to be updated.

BTW I can't say I've ever updated any of my hard drive drivers. And I'm driver update obsessive! In addition to that I've been using Western Digital hard drives since 1998.

Anyways Good luck.


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