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Windows 7: System Slows After Adding Second Hard Disk

06 Jun 2012   #1
bohq

Windows 7 Home Premiuim x64
 
 
System Slows After Adding Second Hard Disk

Hi! Can someone help me out? I just installed a second hard disk on my MSI GT780 machine with 8GB of RAM, both drives are detected working perfectly.

The old hdd, a generic 5400 rpm, is mainly for storage and the new one, 7200 rpm is where I installed my OS. Both are 500GB in capacity. The only thing I noticed is that I'm getting some lags, CPU usage would spike up to 90-100%, RAM never goes over 50% while gaming (Batman Arkham City and Battlefield 2).

This never happened before I added the 2nd hdd and before then, I can have 2 games in the background (GTA4 & Battlefield 3) while browsing and music steaming with no problems at all.

I updated the motherboard and VGA drivers after a fresh install on the new hdd.
I'm using a 64bit W7 Ultimate using the same installer I had for the old hd.





Thanks!


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06 Jun 2012   #2
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Are they both SATA's?
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06 Jun 2012   #3
bohq

Windows 7 Home Premiuim x64
 
 

Yes, both SATA's.
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06 Jun 2012   #4
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

Do you know the speeds of the SATA?
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06 Jun 2012   #5
bohq

Windows 7 Home Premiuim x64
 
 

You mean the cache or rpms? Sorry,I'm kind of a noob.

The new one, which is now my primry, runs at 7200rpm while the older one is at 5200rpms.
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06 Jun 2012   #6
nckfrtg28

Mac OS X 10.9
 
 

I mean the interface speed.
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06 Jun 2012   #7
bohq

Windows 7 Home Premiuim x64
 
 

Oh, it's 3Gb/s.
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06 Jun 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Look into Device Manager > Properties > Policies and check whether write caching is enabled. Write caching should speed things up.
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06 Jun 2012   #9
bohq

Windows 7 Home Premiuim x64
 
 

Seems it's enabled by default
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