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2nd Hard Disk Running Slow...Help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by smong, Mar 18, 2008.

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  1. smong

    smong Thread Starter

    Jul 24, 2006
    I have a Dell Dimension 2400 and have been running a secondary HDD as an add on for well over 2 years now, but now all of a sudden the 2nd drive is running a lot slower than the primary drive. If I am playing music from this drive it will skip randomly and when copying data to and from the drive the mouse movement becomes choppy and everything slows down.

    So far I have tried removing the drive and replacing it with another spare I borrowed from a friend and this was doing the same. I have checked my drive in another machine and it works perfectly. I then swapped out the IDE cable and still no difference. Both disks are running off the same IDE cable and have been for some time, I really don't understand why all of a sudden this has started to happen.

    Any help on this will be much appreciated.


  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Sometimes that is the only symptom of file system errors. Try chkdsk /r on the drive.
  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Check to see that the drive is running dma and has not reverted to pio mode. You check this in device mgr>ide/atapi controller>properties>advanced.
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