On my main computer I’ve had 2 200GB hard drives in a RAID 0 array for the past 4 years. I’ve outgrown the 400GB thanks to Steam, and I’ve always been antsy about the RAID 0, because if one of those drives go, I’m really fucked.
So over the Christmas break, I picked up a Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s on Newegg and finally got around to installing it this week.
After some wrestling with Microsoft, I’ve gotten Win7 32 on it and working, and have moved all my data over, and I’m now reinstalling everything.
But man, is this thing slow.
I will get long pauses even if I’m just in Firefox reading Qt3. It’s not writing to disk, it’s like it’s deciding where to write to the disk.
I have an M2N-SLI Deluxe mobo, and I thought the nForce drivers from nVidia were the problem (or the lack of those drivers with just a straight Win7 installation). I got the drivers and no change.
One curious thing is that under “Devices and Printers” the hard drive shows up as a device and it says it has a problem. The problem is that the PCI drivers aren’t installed. When I tell it to go find the drivers, it can’t. It won’t even find them while looking online. I’ve been hesitant to disable the hard drive in the devices section, because then… well the hard drive might be disabled. The thing is, I just checked on this laptop and the hard drive doesn’t show up as a device. And why does it need PCI drivers when it’s a SATA drive?
So this seems like it’s some sort of driver conflict or some weird Win7 thing where it’s trying to access the hard drive one way, timing out, then accessing it the right way or something.
Any thoughts? I think I’m going to disable the device tonight when I get home. It seems to me the new hard drive should’ve made things faster again because it has plenty of room for virtual memory again, not slowed things down.
Oh, and the CPU is an AMD Athlon 6000+ with 2GB of memory. It could really handle everything I threw at it until this upgrade.