Slow HDD file transfer speed

December 15, 2009 at 19:03:14
Specs: Windows XP
Firts, sorry about my english. Can you tell me if there´s a issue with that mobo related with hard disk transfer?. I have a WD 1200BB in Windows XP and its transfer speed is very low, specially showing icons, the windows file explorer, copy files and opening applications. I´ve tested with HDTUne and it seem that Windows XP often reads in random acces (very low). I have installed all upadted IDE drivers, AGP port driver, SIS 730 chipset, enable UDMA (Windows show UDMA5), 80 wire cabble, all security Updates, updated Bios..all. Do you know if the Power supply must be higher than 350 watts? (only I have installed a LG DVD RW, a Sony 1621 DVD ROM, a Gainward GeForce 4 MX440 SE and a cheap PCI 5.1 sound card. All information will be apreciated

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#1
December 15, 2009 at 20:07:57
One thing that you don't stipulate that can make all the difference is how much memory you have. Slowness in displaying icons is a good sign you are getting short on memory.

How big is that hard disk and how much free space do you have, especially on drive C:

Stuart


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#2
December 15, 2009 at 20:53:17
A hard drive running in a PIO mode would be slow, if in fact your problem is drive related.

Check if DMA is being used. Look in properties of the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers in Device Manager.


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#3
December 16, 2009 at 16:31:05
My system have 768 Mb RAM memory DIMM type both banks running at 133 MHZ (I´m sure it´s sufficient to Windows XP). And the hard disk, as I´ve said before runs under UDMA 5 mode not PIO. Any ideas please. Perhaps the power supply must be higher than 350 watts like now?
The best IDE driver for Pc Chips M810LR -H is SIS PCI IDE DRIVER (default by Windows XP), SIS UDMA 5513 or SIS PCI IDE UDMA driver ?? (now it´s running under that driver). The hard disk has 120 Gb and I´m only using 7 Gb.

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#4
December 16, 2009 at 16:35:05
I forget...The hard disk has 120 Gb and I´m only occuping 7 Gb !! I don´t think it´s a free space issue..
Thanks again

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#5
December 16, 2009 at 16:49:35
What are the transfer speeds? If there was something wrong with the cable or controller I doubt the drive would be running in mode5. What are you transferring from?

If you have the hard drive and optical drive on the same channel and are transferring from one to the other the speed will be less than half of normal.


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#6
December 16, 2009 at 19:23:53
Transfers speeds taken by HDTune are so slow as 0.023 Mb/s (512 bytes file size) to 18 Mb/s in the 1 Mb file case (all test under random acces). I know this WD1200BB disk rounds speeds about 50 Mb/s. Beyond that, the simple observation of all actions developed by Windows XP lead to a low speed. ( I´ve scanned with AVG9, Malware Antimalwares or so.., lots of antirootkit software and nothing detecs). Is there a software that can tell me if all libraries (dll, vxd´s) or Windows XP system files that must be allocated in RAM are right in that place? I suppose that certain part of Windows isn´t correctly loaded in RAM, leading to a frequently use of hardisk an page file...maybe?

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#7
December 16, 2009 at 19:33:45
I´m transferring into the same HDD. Also the low speed occurs between DVD-RW/DVD ROM to the hard disk WD. I forget to mention:
Primary IDE Channel: only WD1200BB as master
Secondary IDE Channel: DVD LG 4167B as master and Sony DVD ROM DDU 1621 as slave
The PCI Bus Master setting at BIOS can modify hard disk speed ?

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#8
December 16, 2009 at 20:49:21
Don't know if this would even allow you to boot if different, but Western Digital hard drives have a Master Alone jumper setting that you should be using.

Do you have the motherboard chip set drivers installed or are you using the generic Windows versions?


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