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Windows 7: severe lag after installing win 7 64 to new gpt hdd

27 Apr 2017   #1

windows 7 64 bit ultimate
severe lag after installing win 7 64 to new gpt hdd

Hello, I am coming to you today to ask for some help figuring out if I have a bad hdd, bad install, or bad motherboard. This will be slightly long winded, please bear with me.
Ok to start, I built this computer 1 1/2 years ago. System specs are in my profile. I installed windows 7 64 bit on a toshiba 3tb hdd. After some massive usb 3.0 problems, I got an rma board last may or early june. It has run pretty well. It is time for me to move up to a larger hdd, and due to some glitches in my windows os that require clean install to repair, I bought a seagate 6tb hdd.
I simply can NOT get a good stable install onto this hdd. I can get it to go in, and it runs nice and smooth. however, upon first driver install, something hangs every time. It lags, the system hangs. If I reboot, it goes from the previous minute or less to almost 10 minutes to boot up to the desktop.
I am not new to building computers by any means, but this has me furious. I have run diskpart to clean and reinstall under gpt / uefi over and over. Tried installing from usb, dvd, it all winds up the same.
I do not know if this is possibly a bad hdd, a problem popping up on the motherboard requiring another rma, however the toshiba still runs ok on it.
An interesting side note: I tried to trick the system. I used acronis to clone and resize my os from the toshiba to the seagate. It worked. However once I connected the new hdd to the #1 sata connector, windows came up and installed the sata driver. Boom! here came the lag again!
It may not necessarily be just the sata driver causing this as any driver I start with to install on a fresh install causes the lag. By lag, I mean lag, timeout, whatever. extreme slow action. I can watch the hdd activity light on the computer case, it starts off flashing upon boot, flashes fine until leaving the mobo splash screen to boot. then the flashing stops. It ticks off very slowly, once a minute or so. gradually it picks up to flashing once every 5 seconds, eventually it flashes fast and loads up to the desktop. From there, I cannot have anything installing, or it simply freezes and takes forever to respond.
I can take a pile of parts and build a working computer, but this has me stumped. I dont know if the hdd may be bad, motherboard, or the install is going wonky. Can someone please think on this and get me some help?

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27 Apr 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Welcome to our forum mikeryman.

After installing Windows 7 did you install the chipset and needed driver from the motherboard DVD?

I'm not understanding why you would install Windows 7 on a 3TB or a 6TB drive.
Normally that big of drives are used for storage of data, music, and or movies.

What rpm are the drives?

I have never used ( acronis) but I have use Macrium Reflect for cloning and have never had a problem. But again I have never installed Windows 7 on huge hard drives.

Normally what is done, is install Windows 7 and programs on a 120 to 250GB SSD and use those big hard drives as storage, which is what they were designed for.

Their also might be a needed bios setting to use those big hard drives.
I can't help you with that because I haven't used AMD for 15 years and have never used AsRock.

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27 Apr 2017   #3

windows 7 64 bit ultimate

Thank you for your reply. OK, their speeds are both 7200rpm. Why would I want large drives? I have an extensive collection of steam games, and gaming videos. I don't like external hard drives as I've had way too many die on me and leave me stranded. As for the motherboard, according to asrock, they supposedly don't have a cap on hdd size. I don't see any other settings other than disable csm to allow for win 7 64 bit uefi system. I originally went with this as rock board as it was advertised as being a good gaming board. Having said that, I am at a loss for why the 3tb works but the 6tb does not. I am going to purchase another hdd to test. If windows goes onto it, I will know I got a bad hard drive and rma it. As for installing chip set driver from the cd, yes. First one on the cd is an all in one that includes a driver for the hdd. I've tried installing separate drivers, and all have the same outcome. First driver and the system bogs, hangs, and lags out.
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27 Apr 2017   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Well I wasn't referring to external drives.
I was thinking more like adding more big internal drives hooked to the motherboard sata port.
That being said, if you like just one big drive so be it.

Hang in there. Others will drop by and give suggestions.

Could you complete this tutorial by Golden so we can have a look see what you have now?
It could be helpful.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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27 Apr 2017   #5

windows 7 64 bit ultimate

Thanks again, I will see if I can get the snapshot in the morning
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29 Apr 2017   #6

windows 7 64 bit ultimate

Hey, thought I'd let you know, I picked up a 4tb Seagate and it took windows just fine. So, that leaves me with one explanation. The 6tb must be faulty. So, I will jump through seagates hoops and try to get it replaced. Thanks for reading, I will mark this as solved.
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