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I currently have 2 hard drives, a Western Digital Raptor (74GB 10,000rpm) and a new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (500GB 7,200rpm). I have windows installed on my Raptor as well as my games, and the Barracuda was a recent buy, to use as storage. The 2 harddrives work fine, except when I transfer files between the two of them. When the transfer occurs, my PC starts to lock up and slow down. The CPU usage fluctuates between 90-99% usage when this happens. I am not running any kind of raid format, just wanted the secondary as a storage device. The transfer not only makes my computer act sluggish, but it also seems to be pretty slow.

My setup:
ASUS A8V-E deluxe motherboard
AMD 64 3700+
ATI x800 XL
1 GB Kingston PC3200 RAM
1 WD Raptor
1 Seagate Barracuda

Please help! (Please be precise and explain, as I have never worked with something like this.)

Thanks in advance.
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