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Solved Secondary hard drive causing freezing issues/lock ups


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#1
Hi guys,

A couple of months ago I built a new system and made the jump to Windows 8.

Everything runs great apart from one thing - my secondary hard drive (which is the old one from my old rig) is having issues, which I am now only using for all my less-important programs, and movies, games and general files.

Whenever I open up the drive in Computer or Explorer, it will lock up the window/freeze for 10-20 seconds before returning to normal, in which I can then use it again. It will work for normally for around 5-10 minutes before the lockup returns.

* I have the hard drive split into two partitions. Both do the same thing.

Thanks in advance,
Josh
 

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    Windows 8
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    Intel i7-3850
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    Intel Sabertooth X79
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#2

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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#3
What Shawn suggests is good practice, I set my drives to auto sleep after 30 minutes.

I am having the same issue on my Media System, which has had 8 installed as long as this one. I use that system to hotswap SATA drives all the time. And right now I am having issues with a Seagate 1 TB drive I just added.

There are some things you can do to ensure correct drive operation, and the first is to start with replacing all of your SATA data cables, buy some good ones that snap in tight. Also, go to Radio Shack and buy quick evaporating Contact Cleaner, and spray all of the contacts on your SATA sockets on both the Hard Drives and the Board. I do this about once every 4 months.

Then snap the new cables in. If any of the drives are IDE do the same thing, Cables and Clean.

It is also equally important to keep an eye especially on older hard drives, and test them at least once a month. I use Hiren's Boot CD, you can download it from my link below.

You boot to the CD, then go into DOS programs and then HARD DRIVE TOOLS. In there, are several very good hard drive testing tools, I use GWscan because I have WD and Seagate drives, GWscan can check both of them.

I would do this, I would run a GWscan on your old HD and check it for Read Element Failure. GWscan will tell you if you need to run a full scan, if it says so, then run it and it will clean up any problems with the MBR and close off any bad sectors. Don't fret if your drive says it has "Bad Sectors", sometimes you can clear those out by zero-writing the drive.

In your place with those issues, I would do all of these things, replace Cable, clean the contacts, and run a Drive Scan.

When you are done with GWscan, you can boot to Mini XP which is also on the CD, and run CHKDSK from there, and it will at least show you the progress of the scan, and it's the same scan that;s in Windows 8 so if it fixes drive problems, Windows 8 will boot without doing an Auto Diag.

It is also possible that your Old Drive needs to be Optimized, I use Windows 8 to do it, every day at Midnight, but a better program is Raxco Perfect Disk- You can use it free for 30 days, and can download it right from the website.
 

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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
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    AMD 4400+/4200+
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
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    2 GB/3GB
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    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
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#4
Thanks for the replies, guys.

Very embarrassing, I figured it was power related but I could have sworn I changed my power plan to High performance when I first installed, but it seems I didn't. The HD was indeed turning itself off.

Thanks!
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel i7-3850
    Motherboard
    Intel Sabertooth X79
    Memory
    16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 7870
    Browser
    Firefox

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#5
Don't be embarrassed. It happens to all of us. Glad to hear that you got it sorted. :)
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone