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Slow Hard Drive Write Speed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by modderman, Jan 12, 2006.

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  1. modderman

    modderman Thread Starter

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    Windows 2000 pro sp4

    P4 3Ghz
    1GB DDR 400

    200gb maxtor hard drive 7200rpm 8mb cache
    two partitions 120 gb & 60 +GB

    The load time on Windows is 4 minuets
    I used Fresh Diagnose and the hard drive's speed is:
    write speed is 1.5 mb/s
    read speed is 68.7 mb/s
    When i copy files, (besides it taking a ridiculous ammount of time) the cpu is at 100% the whole time, rendering the computer useless becuase it is so laggy.


    I followed the directions in this thread:
    http://forums.techguy.org/archive-hardware/343490-resolved-hard-drive-read-write-too-slow.html
    Still no change.
    I hooked the hard drive up to another computer using windows xp and it worked normal.

    Any Ideas?
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    You say you followed the instructions in the posted thread -- was your current transfer mode in PIO?

    And if it was, did it change to Ultra DMA after a reboot?

    If you run eventvwr.msc and look at the System log, do you see ATAPI and Disk errors there?

    When you look at the Task Manager and see the cpu being utilized 100 % -- what process is taking up the CPU time?

    Download and install HijackThis using the "self extractor". Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply

    http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/hijackthis_sfx.exe
     
  3. modderman

    modderman Thread Starter

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    Here is the log file:
    I found now eventvwr.msc log errors
    Explorer.exe takes up 100% cpu

    In the bios the pio mode is set to auto...what if i disabled UDMA and used pio mode 1,2,3, or 4...could these give me better performance....?

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 3:28:17 PM, on 1/13/2006
    Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\BrmfBAgS.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\Brmfrmps.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\NORTON~1\GHOSTS~2.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~1\NPROTECT.EXE
    C:\WINNT\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
    C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
    C:\WINNT\system32\stisvc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SymTray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
    C:\WINNT\System32\WBEM\WinMgmt.exe
    C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINNT\SOUNDMAN.EXE
    C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
    C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
    C:\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.ocx
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: @msdxmLC.dll,[email protected],&Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINNT\System32\msdxm.ocx
    O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {42CDD1BF-3FFB-4238-8AD1-7859DF00B1D6} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Synchronization Manager] mobsync.exe /logon
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Logitech Utility] Logi_MwX.Exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSBkgdUpdate] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate\SSBkgdupdate.exe" -Embedding -boot
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PaperPort PTD] C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IndexSearch] C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\IndexSearch.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SetDefPrt] C:\Program Files\Brother\Brmfl04g\BrStDvPt.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ControlCenter2.0] C:\Program Files\Brother\ControlCenter2\brctrcen.exe /autorun
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SymTray - Norton SystemWorks] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Symtray.exe SetReg
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SSC_UserPrompt] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\UsrPrmpt.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Symantec NetDriver Monitor] C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe /Consumer
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [SymTray - Norton SystemWorks] C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Symtrdr.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Norton SystemWorks] "C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\cfgwiz.exe" /GUID {05858CFD-5CC4-4ceb-AAAF-CF00BF39736A} /MODE CfgWiz
    O4 - Global Startup: Acrobat Assistant.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\AcroTray.exe
    O9 - Extra button: Related - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINNT\web\related.htm
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Show &Related Links - {c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - C:\WINNT\web\related.htm
    O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
    O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool) - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=39204
    O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1135024487000
    O23 - Service: Ati HotKey Poller - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\WINNT\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
    O23 - Service: ATI Smart - Unknown owner - C:\WINNT\system32\ati2sgag.exe
    O23 - Service: Brother BidiAgent Service for Resource manager (brmfbags) - Unknown owner - C:\WINNT\system32\BrmfBAgS.exe" -service (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Brother Popup Suspend service for Resource manager (brmfrmps) - Unknown owner - C:\WINNT\system32\Brmfrmps.exe" -service (file missing)
    O23 - Service: Symantec Event Manager (ccEvtMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Password Validation (ccPwdSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccPwdSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Settings Manager (ccSetMgr) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
    O23 - Service: Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service (dmadmin) - VERITAS Software Corp. - C:\WINNT\System32\dmadmin.exe
    O23 - Service: GhostStartService - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\NORTON~1\GHOSTS~2.EXE
    O23 - Service: Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect Service (navapsvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
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    O23 - Service: ScriptBlocking Service (SBService) - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\SCRIPT~1\SBServ.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec Network Drivers Service (SNDSrvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Symantec SPBBCSvc (SPBBCSvc) - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
    O23 - Service: Speed Disk service - Symantec Corporation - C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~1\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
    O23 - Service: Symantec Core LC - Symantec Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

    Rollin' Rog

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    The scanlog is fine. If you reboot in Safe Mode or use a different User Account, does explorer.exe still take up 100 percent cpu? This will make the computer almost unuseable if that is the case.

    I don't know what you are telling me here: "In the bios the pio mode is set to auto...what if i disabled UDMA and used pio mode 1,2,3, or 4...could these give me better performance....?"

    What does it say in the Device Manager for the drive:

    if you open the Device Manager (windows+pause/break > Hardware > Device Manager) and select the entry for IDE ATA/Atapi and select the Primary IDE, does it say the "current transfer mode" is DMA or PIO?

    If it says PIO, select the driver tab and uninstall the driver and reboot. Then check again.


    You do NOT want PIO mode -- you want ULTRA DMA.

    PIO mode does not use Direct Memory Access and is only used when the drive is having problems -- it is the slow mode.

    http://www.msi.com.tw/html/service/techexpress/mainboard/uata100/uata100_1.htm
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/IDE-DMA.mspx
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;817472
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Since he's reading at a respectable rate, I can't imagine that he's running in PIO mode. This must be some other issue.
     
  6. Bal3Wolf

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    use somthing else to test your drive to fresh sucks on hd test somthing l like hd tach is better.
     
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