Storage HDD slows PC down substantially

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  1. Posts : 10
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    Storage HDD slows PC down substantially


    I'm running Windows 10 Pro from SSD and before I installed my storage drive (drive H) it would boot up in less than 15 seconds. With my 2TB Seagate drive installed, it has taken as long as 45 minutes to boot! Every time I start the PC, it says scanning and repairing Drive H. I have scanned the drive with SeaTools and it came up with no problems. I also scanned it from within Windows using sfc /scannow and it also found no issues. Even transferring files to the H drive, is impossible as it just stops transferring altogether and causes the PC to freeze and trying to download Steam games to it, results in a timeout error.
    It is not listed in the BIOS as a boot drive so I am absolutely stumped! I have replaced SATA cables and changed the SATA port with no difference.
    Remove the drive and the PC boots and behaves like it should.

    I have replaced the drive twice under warranty thinking that it was a drive issue, but every drive has the same problem. My other 2 HDD's (both 500Gig) have no issue like this at all.

    BTW, I have my games folder on the drive, nothing else and it still has about 70% of it's capacity free. It is fine when the drive is empty, but the more data that you put on it, the more it slows the computer down until it gets to the stage where I am at the moment and nothing more can be installed or transferred onto it even though there is tons of storage space available on it.
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  2. simrick's Avatar
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    Dragonmts said:
    I'm running Windows 10 Pro from SSD and before I installed my storage drive (drive H) it would boot up in less than 15 seconds. With my 2TB Seagate drive installed, it has taken as long as 45 minutes to boot! Every time I start the PC, it says scanning and repairing Drive H. I have scanned the drive with SeaTools and it came up with no problems. I also scanned it from within Windows using sfc /scannow and it also found no issues.
    Sounds like you need to run CHKDSK on it.

    Dragonmts said:
    Even transferring files to the H drive, is impossible as it just stops transferring altogether and causes the PC to freeze and trying to download Steam games to it, results in a timeout error.
    Yep, sounds like CHKDSK is needed.

    Dragonmts said:
    It is not listed in the BIOS as a boot drive so I am absolutely stumped! I have replaced SATA cables and changed the SATA port with no difference.
    Remove the drive and the PC boots and behaves like it should.

    I have replaced the drive twice under warranty thinking that it was a drive issue, but every drive has the same problem. My other 2 HDD's (both 500Gig) have no issue like this at all.

    BTW, I have my games folder on the drive, nothing else and it still has about 70% of it's capacity free. It is fine when the drive is empty, but the more data that you put on it, the more it slows the computer down until it gets to the stage where I am at the moment and nothing more can be installed or transferred onto it even though there is tons of storage space available on it.
    Please try CHKDSK on it a few times. Then possibly defrag afterwards. You might also try partitioning it to 2x1TB and see if that helps if CHKDSK doesn't help. Also, the SeaTools needs to be the full test, not the quick test.
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  3. whs's Avatar
    whs
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    Where is that disk in the boot sequence. It should be behind the SSD.
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  4. Posts : 10
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    Thread Starter
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    CHKDSK has been run countless times and never finds any issues.
    I have run the full test of SeaTools and there is also no issue.
    It is last in the boot sequence:
    1 - SATA 1 - Samsung SSD840
    2 - SATA 3 - ST 500
    3 - SATA 4 - ST 3500
    4 - SATA 5 - ST 2000
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  5. Posts : 10
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    Thread Starter
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    What I've noticed this morning because I disconnected the drive last night, is that none of the files are accessible on the H drive, however, the Disk Management tool reads it as healthy and connecting the drive as a slave in another machine, everything is there and accessible.
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  6. Posts : 275
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    Have you tried seatools to check the drive?
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  7. simrick's Avatar
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    Wullail said:
    Have you tried seatools to check the drive?
    Yes, as indicated in post #4.
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  8. simrick's Avatar
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    This is very strange. Something about your computer in particular doesn't like that drive.

    I have read that, in the past, Z87 chipsets had problems with drives that were not fully Intel compliant. I just wonder if there is a BIOS update you need which could help resolve the problem. Have you researched this?
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  9. OldMike65's Avatar
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    Dragonmts said:
    CHKDSK has been run countless times and never finds any issues.
    I have run the full test of SeaTools and there is also no issue.
    It is last in the boot sequence:
    1 - SATA 1 - Samsung SSD840
    2 - SATA 3 - ST 500
    3 - SATA 4 - ST 3500
    4 - SATA 5 - ST 2000
    Have you tried taking OUT one of your 500 gig drives, and replacing it with your 2TB drive, leaving the 500 gig drive out, then boot up. Also.......my SSD is on my sata 0 <--- not sata 1 You should have them in order, 0,1,2,3 etc..... just an idea.....for you to try..... I have the Z87 chipset also.....but I don't run 4 drives either.
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  10. Posts : 10
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    Thread Starter
       #10

    Thanks @simrick. I do a fortnightly BIOS check and as at this morning, it was up to date.


    simrick said:
    This is very strange. Something about your computer in particular doesn't like that drive.

    I have read that, in the past, Z87 chipsets had problems with drives that were not fully Intel compliant. I just wonder if there is a BIOS update you need which could help resolve the problem. Have you researched this?
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