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XweAponX

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You mean running Games that use a Data Disk? I always mount those whenever I can, unless they are protected. If they are I use Alcohol which emulates the protection, that way the actual protection is not compromised.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
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    2 GB/3GB
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    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
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    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
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    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
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    MSI "M-Box"
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    Water Cooled
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    Microsoft Intellimouse
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    Cable Medium Speed
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    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

Surgikill

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No, I mean just downloading the game files. Such as when steam is downloading game files. I don't use a mounted disk for games, but when it is downloading or updating the files it slows everything down, and task manager shows the disk being maxed at ~5mb/s
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8, Kali
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY TouchSmart m6 Sleekbook
    CPU
    i5 4200 u
    Memory
    8gb DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender

XweAponX

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Well, Steam is one big hunk of crap on my machines, actually I don't think it works, not compatible. Plus someone is hacking my account all around the world, I keep getting emails.

A Sata 3 Drive like he has, should NOT be capped at 10MB/s, that's why I think it might be a driver issue, or there is a bottleneck on his Motherboard somewhere. I always go back to Video Drivers, because when not installed right it causes the same kind of problem.

Is there some Video setting, that makes a Video Cache file on the main hard drive? This is why I use cheap Video cards, I don't play games, so I don't need all that power. Whether is is a Video Card Driver issue here or a SATA 3 Data bus issue, something is not right and he's getting slower than ATA speeds.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

Surgikill

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I would say update the bios and make sure it is set for ahci mode. I had my Windows seven pc set so it was compatible with ide for whatever reason and it slowed it down incredibly
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8, Kali
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY TouchSmart m6 Sleekbook
    CPU
    i5 4200 u
    Memory
    8gb DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender

XweAponX

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I have 2 SATA drives and one IDE drive in my Media System, it never occurred to be to check the speed of the HDD. I just checked it, the IDE drive gets about 60 mb/s, the Hybrid Drive gets about 84mb/s, my 5400rpm Seagate 1 TB gets 100mb/s and my USB Seagate 1 TB dive gets only 22mbps.

It's an HP Motherboard, which is actually an Asus M2N, came as my other motherboard, but there are no Power Settings in the BIOS to switch to S3 or S1. So I don't know if I am running in ACHI mode.

Is there a Hard Disk Testing Tool, not a repair tool like the ones on Hiren's but a tool to test the Hard Drive in DOS mode? Maybe there is one on that disk, but isn't there an HDD Test program that runs in DOS? I'd like to see that run on his system and see what it says, in DOS mode, that wold answer the question of Drivers.

I found this, but I don't know if I'm allowed to post a link to it:

Hard Disk Sentinel - DOS version
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

adawg

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This has to be a driver issue. I just don't know what to do in order to correct it.

Again, I just ordered a brand new dell laptop with Windows 8 and it's having the exact same issue. Any idea on what drivers to install?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

XweAponX

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Maybe it is something Dell installed, this is a brand new DELL machine out of the box? It may be a defect with the drivers they installed. If two different Dell machines are doing this, I dunno I would take the new one back and get another one. Try and test it right there in the store, if you can show them, maybe it's a defect.

I think Sentinel hard Drive tester is on Hiren's Boot CD, you can burn one of those and test your machines, if will bypass the OS and tell you what the System actually DOES. Take the disk with you can test a different machine if they will let you.

I believe DELL systems have an AHCI setting for hard drives, get into the BIOS and set that for all of your HDDs. If I have AHCI in my Old Dell Precision 370 WS, then it should be there in newer machines too.

If Sentinel reports 10mb/s running from DOS mode, then it HAS to be a system defect. I would confirm this and call them on the phone immediately, find a way to send the results to them.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

Surgikill

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Try wiping the new one and re installing Windows without the bloat ware and installing the latest drivers for all
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8, Kali
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY TouchSmart m6 Sleekbook
    CPU
    i5 4200 u
    Memory
    8gb DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender

OlimPather

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I'm putting this disk under a heavy load and the disk's read speed is just 1 MB/s THE COMPUTER AIN'T DOING ANYTHING!!!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 (crap OS)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus (laptop) Dell (Desktop)
    CPU
    (Desktop) Intel Core I5
    Motherboard
    Nah mate
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1080TI (I know it's old)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky

TechnoMage

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Is that a Steam Powered HD?
Sounds like ancient technology to me!
Maybe about time to get that OS onto a State of the Art, SSD. Save the Old HD for data storage.
That's the best way I know of, to give an old/slow PC a real kick in the pants.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

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