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Install a 2nd HDD = Instant Lag From Hell?



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?



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.


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.


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 :)
"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.


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.

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