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Slave Drive CPU Usage Problem


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This has been an ongoing problem for a long time with me. It used to be with my main Hard Drive, where every once in a while, not sure why, but the CPU usage will start spiking to 100% when I access an application, media files seem choppy and slow sounding, decompressing zip and rar files takes almost 3 times as long as normal, etc. I used to do a System restore, and this would fix it. Then a month later it would happen again. Then I found a DELL fix that fixes it, and the problem eventually still persisted. I have taken all the spyware precautions, and still have found no cure.

Recently I installed a secondary Hard Drive, having both set to Cable Select. Now the problem only seems to happen on the secondary Hard Drive. I tried accessing a media file from my F: drive (secondary), and it seemed choppy, skips, and sometimes slow motion like. Then I tried accessing the same media file on C: drive (primary), and the file played perfectly.

If anyone could shed light on what would be causing this, I would be greatly appreciate it. This problem has plagued me since I purchased my DELL. Thanks.
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Not a huge fan of cable select (which incidently, requires a special cable to work properly).

Are the two drives on the same controller?

Moving the second drive to a different controller will help.

Is the 2nd drive a large drive? Do you have LBA enabled on this drive in BIOS? If it is a very large drive, you may need a regeistry patch from your drive manufacturer.
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The second drive is not on the same controller. The main drive is an 80gig, and the second a 40gig. Im not sure of LBA is enabled. All I did was plug and play. How do I enable LBA on the new drive?
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