Install a 2nd HDD = Instant Lag From Hell?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by GreenX, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. GreenX

    GreenX Guest

    I need some major help here..

    My current system is cmoposed of 2 WD 80's RAID'd into a nice 160G C: drive... NTFS

    I later bought a 120G Maxtor to use as a abckup drive. FAT32.

    I do what ive normally done in the past on other machines. I hookup the Maxtor to rhe secondary port on teh MB, set the jumper to Master and Im off to boot.

    Reboot I see teh drive fine maxtor 120..

    Windows XP starts to load and I see its taking 4x times as long now! I finally get into XP and view teh drive, no problems.. I can see it fine, no device conflicts etc.

    I xfer around 200megs to the Maxtor and its reports it will take 10minutes! ugh! and on top of that I can do anything else or it horrible lags . so I couldnt even cancel the xfer so I hard reset.

    Come back.. I start to mess some programs and notcie liek my DVD player Lags and studders on films (from teh HDD .vob files). and IE and otehr porograms have a little pause from laoding :(.

    Im goning nutz here.. I pull ed teh drive and everything works liek butter from before! super fast xp loading and no problems whatsoever.

    Any idea or help?
  2. mbunny

    mbunny Guest


    its THE not TEH

    Do you have a CD-ROM plugged into the same Ribbon as your new 120GB???

    IF so you now have a 120GB HDD going at ATA33... Yummy

    Change from FAT32 to NTFS. With such a humongous drive, FAT32 was not designed for it. (20GB & Above is not a FAT32 friendly size.)

    Make sure that the 120GB is on its own ribbon by itself and that will give you optimum speed transfers. I have a feeling its FAT32 that screwing with you here.
  3. mbunny

    mbunny Guest

    i just noticed... do u have like a teh converter on or something... u even spelt other as otehr... yikes... stop typing teh mate... it gets annoying.

    I type "..." far too much as well. Its a habit i need to get out of.
  4. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Yeah FAT32 is definately not recommended on such a large drive. Use NTFS.
  5. GreenX

    GreenX Guest

    Someone mentioned that I should check my DMA settings on the drive. I will format it to NTFS and see the results.

    Sorry for mistyping teh instead of THE.. but its like a wierd thing when I type, its liek second nature or something... Ive always type it that way on accident I dont mean to :)
  6. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    "its liek second nature" LOL, yeah I know what you mean, I get that sometimes too. :D

    Sure, the DMA setting will have inpact. Make sure it runs at UDMA 5 or 6 (I think) and not PIO mode or something. Also do the cable check mbunny suggested.
  7. GreenX

    GreenX Guest

    DMA is correct and cable swapped had no effect.

    I formated to NTFS and same bad lag.

    Hers is a ASCII flowchart:

    Soyo Dragon MB

    Primary IDE
    - Plextor CDR/W (m)
    Secondary IDE
    - Pioneer DVDR/W (m)
    - Pioneer DVDRom (s)
    HPT RAID Controller
    - Primary IDE
    -- WD 80.0 GB (m)
    -- WD 80.0 GB (RAIDED and is my C: Boot, NTFS) (s)
    - Secondary IDE
    -- Maxtor 120 GB ATA133 Drive NTFS Formatted) (m)

    I disconnect the maxtor and everyworks works super fast and perfect like before. Insert it back, BAM, major lag problems and performance hit everything I do...

    I did the Maxtor Diag Re-Cali test, after 90mins it was error free.
  8. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Odd... Very odd...

    I'm out of ideas, I'll get back to you if I come up with anything.