slow transfer between 2 hard disks

May 15, 2006 at 19:02:43
Specs: winxp sp2, 3.2 dual core processor /
when I transfer files between my hard disks it is very slow compared to my old PC.
current PC configuration:
intel 3.2 dual core processor
intel motherboard 945 GTP
SATA seagate hard disk 160 GB
PCI seagate hard disk 120 GB
1 GB of RAM
it took the hard dist 20 minutes to transfer 3 GB of image files from normal hard disk to SATA hard disk

any help is welcomed

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May 15, 2006 at 19:35:14
Well, the most comon reason for slow performance of a computer is that the hard drive hasn't got anough space. Do you regularly Defragment your drives to rid them of files you neither want nor need? Do you you also perform disk cleanup regularly on both your drives?
If not, DO IT NOW!!!



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May 15, 2006 at 20:03:16
Down load and run 'HD Tach'. It's a free diagnostic that will check your hard drives read speed.
That problem might be caused by not having your motherboard drivers installed.
Also, you should have 80 wire cables for your hard drives.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!!!

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May 16, 2006 at 05:59:46
>> Do you regularly Defragment your drives to rid them of files you neither want nor need? <<

I don't know whether this is a grammatical error or it means what it says. Defragmenting files does not delete anything. Defragmenting and deleting are two different things.

Change the 'to' after drives to 'and' and it would make sense.

However deleting files can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. It will not make a lot of difference unless you are getting short on disk space.

Using a disk clean-up utility like Crap Cleaner will achieve more as it will not delete anything essential to the operating of the computer.

Run Crap Cleaner first, then defrag.


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May 16, 2006 at 06:53:58
My hard disks are not full of files there is free space and I don't think this would be the problem. I am using CCleaner to clean my hard disks. if 'HD Tach' is a software then I will use it to see my HD performance. and what did you meant by 80 wire cables for your hard drives ? could you explain it? another thing is when even I see task manager to see how much CPU useage is I notice most of time first processor is being used almost 80% & second one is may be 5% and it shows that CPU usage for both is 50% and the computer seems to be slow ??

my old PC was Pentuim 4 (2.0) and I felt it was faster in HD transfer than my current PC which is suppose to be faster.

is there any software that can be used to see my PC performance specially dual core processor.

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May 16, 2006 at 07:10:32
PIO or DMA setting ???

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May 16, 2006 at 10:50:06
I would suggest checking your system for malware. Go to the Security and virus forum. Near the top of the page there is a link to click on.
'Click here for some useful security tools.'

"what did you meant by 80 wire cables for your hard drives ?"

Unless you built your system yourself, I wouldn't worry about it. The old PATA hard drive cables had 40 wires. The new PATA hard drive cables need 80 wires to run at full speed. This does not apply to SATA drive cables.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!!!

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May 17, 2006 at 06:44:01
Hi, Are you comparing drive to drive to drive to the same drive. May be a very big difference because the data does not have to be moved. Only a new directory entry is placed in the directory (Folder) and the FAT table is updated. As little as about 32 bytes to read and write. Not 100% sure on this. Jim

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May 22, 2006 at 20:02:16
after checking the average speed of my hard disk compared to original data for same hard disk I found that my hard disk is so slow. any advice of repiring it ?

Here is a link to screen shot of my hard disk speed

Here is another link of Original (manufacturer)hard disk speed for same (seagate 120 GB)

please tell me how to repir it.. and I forget to tell you that I formated the HD but still the speed is same ??

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