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I've just bought a new Maxtor 160gb HDD to add additional space to my original 40gb HDD. I have noticed that the length of time it takes to read/write is VERY slow. When I open task manager while download anything above about 100mb my cpu usage is at 100%. My computer is a Dell Dimension which came with pretty much no expansion support so I also bought Dynex Ultra ATA 100 Round Cable to install the drive... because all the Dell computer came with was an IDE cable with only 2 connectors (one for mobo, one for hdd).

I have no idea why this drive is running so slowly... any help would be appreciated.
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Hi hemphillstar, welcome to GTG.
When you are in task manager, look under the process tab. Sort the list by CPU. Other than "System Idle Process" what is the process that is using a majority of the CPU?

-rmurphy

Edited by rmurphy, 10 August 2005 - 07:50 PM.

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Thanks for responding...

While accessing that particular HDD... explorer.exe is next.
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Do you have it set up properly as one drive master one drive slave.
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checked jumpers... they are set up correctly.

but just to be sure here is the setup...


mobo ---> 160gb newdrive(D:)-slave ---> 40gb originaldrive(C:)-master
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Also the drive is listed as using PIO mode as opposed to DMA...

not sure if this help but just thought i would throw it out there
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Ok try installing windows on the 160gig drive and just running that drive set as the master.
For interest http://www.pcguide.c...e/modes_PIO.htm about the different HD operating modes, i might try a update of bios, dell should have them but i have fortunately never had the privelage of doing any work on a dell pc, if dell dont have them then use cpu-z to find the mobo make nd go no the manufacturers site and see of they have a bios update for that motherboard.

Edited by warriorscot, 12 August 2005 - 10:34 AM.

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I am about to try installing OS on new drive but I wanted to update you first...

When I go into BIOS setup my new drive is not listed at all, but windows does detect it...

maybe this helps.
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Problem solved.

I had to change primary slave drive from OFF to AUTO in BIOS.

guess dell didnt plan on anyone adding additional drives.

your help was much appreciated anyway, thanks.
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Dell are a pain like that, i should have asked you to check for settings like that, dell actually make it difficult on purpose so you will go through them.
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