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Why won't video play smoothly when saved on laptop Internal HDD?

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  1. DanielMP

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    I've got a Toshiba Satellite T130-13L running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, 4gb Ram, Genuine Intel(R) CPU U4100 @ 1.30GHz 1.30GHz

    Graphics: Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Mobile

    The problem I have is that videos I have downloaded from online and saved to either my C or D drive will not play smoothly on any media player I try (using latest versions of VLC and Windows Media Player, with most up to date codecs available), it will play for a few seconds, then stop, then play again. Almost as if I was buffering an online video. Yet, when I copy the exact same file onto my Corsair 16gb USB stick, or my Weternal Digital Elements 1TB external hard drive, the video plays fine.

    Really stuck here, I have tried looking everywhere for help. Does anyone have any ideas as to what to do?

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  2. SUEOHIO

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    Where were they downloaded from?They might have some kind of a copywrite protection on them thats preventing them from playing correctly.
     
  3. Oddba11

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    If that were the case, they wouldn't play from any source.

    @OP - fragmented HDD and/or busy HDD?
     
  4. DanielMP

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    I used the chkdsk /f command and it has improved the problem but it still hasn't totally went away, I'll try defragmenting the disk. Thanks
     
  5. Mark1956

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    Try running chkdsk /r to check for bad sectors. If it finds any then run the manufacturers diagnostics to get a clear report on the drives condition. Defrag should not be needed with Windows 7 as it automatically defrags.

     
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    Ram never goes above 52% and CPU never goes higher than 33% when playing video.

    Chkdsk /r returned "The volume is clean", should I try running the manufactures diagnostics anyway or will it make no difference?
     
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    You can run the drive manufacturers disk tools. That will verify if there is a hardware issue with the drive.

    Abut it merely sounds like the HDD is in use, heavily fragmented, or there is a controller/driver issue resulting in slow access speeds.
     
  8. Mark1956

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    Go here, enter your OS and then download the Storage Manager and install it. See if that helps.
     
  9. DanielMP

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    Disk wasnt de-fragged, I ran plenty of defrags. Storage manager claimed the hardware was fine, although I'm starting to doubt that.

    Just after installing windows 8 developer edition. Problem still persists. Although with the new task manager I've seen that disk use will reach 100% quite often, yet it lists the applications I'm running as using 0%, is this a bug in the unfinished OS or is something accessing/running my disk that can't be seen?
     
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    Your opening post says you have Windows 7 Home Premium. Now, you have Windows 8.

    Windows 8 is still being developed and the edition you have is "pre beta" so will probably have many unresolved bugs.

    To proceed with the original problem you will have to go back to Windows 7 as I doubt anyone here can help with Windows 8 issues. On reflection, as the heavy disc use is still occuring this is suggesting a problem with the drive and I would advise you to run the manufacturer's diagnostics and post back the result.
     
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