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Windows 7: HDD access time is sometimes long

10 Feb 2010   #1
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
HDD access time is sometimes long

Hi guys... I haven't tell any of my "problems" with Windows 7 yet...

I don't know, but whenever I want to access my E:\ drive (my internal 500GB), it does take a few miliseconds, it takes several seconds. It does not happen all the time though. I checked my internal drives' SMARTs and they are all fine fitness and performance wise.

I don't know if it's because the drive is starting to worn out or because the filesystem is fragmented...

I don't know... it's really bugging me because the responsiveness of some software I run like foobar2000 (loading time of first song) or Adobe Audition 1.5 (preview files freeze the software for a few seconds) takes a hit.

Can anyone help me shed some light on this?
Thanks


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10 Feb 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sébastien,

You might check you Power Options settings to see if you have the "Hard disk" set to turn off after a certain number of minutes. If you do, then set it to "Never" instead. If turned off, the HDD will take a second to spin back up whenever you try to access it.

HDD access time is sometimes long-power_options.jpg

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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10 Feb 2010   #3
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Heh... thx Shawn. I didn't know that Win7 loved to turn off my HDDs... so, that's probably why he likes to turn off my 320GB one making it disappear from Computer.
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10 Feb 2010   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. There's also an option to hide or show empty HDD's as well in Folder Options.
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10 Feb 2010   #5
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
This problem also sometimes appears if you have a mix of IDE / SATA drives - the IDE disk is usually the one with the "Lag".

I found a solution was to change the BIOS to have all disks treated as SATA if you have that option in the BIOS or to turn on / off ACPI . - Some Bioses have "IDE emulation" etc etc.

If you change these options however you'll need to do a "Repair" re-install otherwise you'll get a BSOD at boot. So BACKUP your system first so if none of these settings work even after a "repair re-install" you can just set the Bios back to the original settings and restore your system.


Note when messing around with obscure BIOS settings -- NOTE DOWN THE ORIGINAL and only change one thing at a time - otherwise you can really hose up your system.

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Feb 2010   #6
Lebon14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

@jimbo : I only have two internal SATA, so I don't think that's the problem here.
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