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Windows 7: Sudden slowness for my main HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI)

01 Jun 2013   #1
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Sudden slowness for my main HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI)

Starting a week ago, I'm experiencing significant slow speed for my main HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2TB) which I've been using it for more than two years without any problems. At first, when I encountered the slowness, I thought it has to do with my desktop as whole but after poking around little bit, the main source of the problem came from my main HDD. FYI, when I say slowness I mean as in every activities you do in that drive such as opening folders/files, moving, playing a video files etc.

I've tried SFC/SCANNOW and disk check (with both options ticked) however, it didn't report any problems or issues regarding to this HDD. I also scanned for any viruses/malwares but I couldn't find anything.
Moreover, please note:
- It's only partitioned as one (D drive)
- There are around 60% space left for this drive
- I only use this drive for storing files. No OS, programs or applications installed in this drive
- The only recent major activity I've done was changing my case
- My PC specs:
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i7 870 @ 2.93GHz
RAM
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz
Motherboard
Gigabyte P55A-UD3
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
Hard Drives
Main storage HDD:2TB SAMSUNG HD204UI (RAID)
Second storage: 500GB Western Digital WDC WD5001AALS-00L3B2 (SATA)
OS, apps: 180GB INTEL SS DSC2CT180A3 SCSI Disk Device (SSD)

Lastly, the slowness happens immediately when I try to move files to/from my main HDD. In addition, while the slowness is happening when I try to turn off my PC, it will hang on "shutting down" screen (you know the screen you see before the PC shuts down). As a result, I'll have to press reset button to shut down my PC.

Is there any ways to fix this problem? Or is it time to get a new HDD?

Thank you, help would be appreciate it.


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02 Jun 2013   #2
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

I would check the wiring. SATA cables don't like tight angles, make sure it's not doing more than 90 angles.
Other than that, you can try downloading the checking utility form the manufacturer's site and run it.

Also, you list it as RAID, is it a single drive of a raid or both?
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02 Jun 2013   #3
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
I would check the wiring. SATA cables don't like tight angles, make sure it's not doing more than 90 angles.
Other than that, you can try downloading the checking utility form the manufacturer's site and run it.

Also, you list it as RAID, is it a single drive of a raid or both?
Uh oh, from HD Tune pro it's reporting that there is something wrong with the cable (Damaged?). Could this be the reason for the current issue?


If this is true, then it must have been damaged during moving and installing to new case.

And yes, it is a single drive of RAID.
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02 Jun 2013   #4
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Other evidence pointing in the same direction. As I said, move around the sata cable inside your case and make sure it does do only smooth curves (and that it is properly inserted at both ends). I doubt it is damaged, but it could be as well, so you can try changing it with another one (like say the one of your secondary data HDD) just to run some tests.

Also pulling it out and cleaning the sata connector on cable and mobo and HDD with compressed air (or your own breath if you are cheap)
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02 Jun 2013   #5
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
Other evidence pointing in the same direction. As I said, move around the sata cable inside your case and make sure it does do only smooth curves (and that it is properly inserted at both ends). I doubt it is damaged, but it could be as well, so you can try changing it with another one (like say the one of your secondary data HDD) just to run some tests.

Also pulling it out and cleaning the sata connector on cable and mobo and HDD with compressed air (or your own breath if you are cheap)
Alright, I've just confirmed that the cable is pretty bent. I'll move around it so that it's not having sharp curve.

I'll also test other cables as well as sockets on my mobo.

All of the components were dusted and cleaned before assembling in the new case. But just to make sure, I'll clean it again and see how it goes.

Will post back for update.
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03 Jun 2013   #6
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, I've replaced the SATA cable with a new one as well as inserted into different port.

I'll see and how it goes. If the problem still arises then, I'll get a new drive or something since I just can't take a risk to keep using this drive with this problem still floating around.
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