- Nov 21, 2001
I bought a new 160GB Hitachi Hard Drive to replace one of my 40GB Hard Drives which failed. I have reformatted it and installed Windows on it twice trying to fix a problem. The problem is that it just seems to be slow and has serious issues with multitasking. My system comes to a near standstill whenever I am installing anything, things start responding very slow and the mouse will skip. Also, the sound from my Sound Blaster Extigy skips horribly whenever the hard drive does anything else. Fortunately the motherboard's onboard audio works fine. Originally my installation of windows did not have SP1, so the hard drive was only 127GB. I heard that SP1 increased window's support for SATA drives. I have since slipstreamed SP2 into the ISO, reformatted, and reinstalled. It still performs no better than before and fixes no problems other than the capacity. The motherboard did not come with any SATA drivers but they were included in the RAID drivers which I loaded from floppy during the windows installation. The hard drive is not showing any external signs of failing. I will be ordering a new motherboard, processor, and RAM soon and am hoping that the problem will be corrected with the new motherboard's SATA controller. Does anyone have any idea what else may be causing this problem.