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External Hard Drive Suddenly Becomes Slow :( -Help Needed

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by comrade_commissar7, Sep 2, 2010.

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  1. comrade_commissar7

    comrade_commissar7 Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi, folks

    My Buffalo external hd has been with me for almost three years already and I am very satisfied with the performance. However, recently, my buffalo external hd suddenly becomes slow in opening programmes and folders. Sometimes, there are lag times saying that a folders or programmes are not responding so I have to click on the task manager and pick end task to quit the programme. I don't know what seems to be the problem.

    Here are some possible reasons that caused the slow performance of my HD, kindly just validate it:

    (1) My notebook has just 40GB of internal hard drive memory, so I use my external HD to run my games like playing, DOTA, Torchlight, Plants vs Zombies for long hours;

    (2) At times, there are also instances of power shut downs where my notebook shuts downs with the external HD still plugged;

    (3) Last two days, I somehow used my external HD like a flash or thumb drive. I think I plugged and unplugged it for 10 consecutive times in 30 mins cos I was accessing some folders in it considering my notebook has only two usb ports. I use one for the mouse, and the remaining one, and I alternate my external HD and celphone usb connector.

    (4) Although this happens rarely, I sometimes unplug my external HD even it says that there are still applications running so it can't be unplugged yet.

    AMong these 4, what could possibly caused the slow performance of my external HD? And how can i remedy it? many thanks to everyone.
     
  2. Jisatsu

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    How much space are you using on the external?
     
  3. comrade_commissar7

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    I am using 109GB of 232GB
     
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    Any updates regarding my case, guys? :(
     
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    So what seems to be the problem of my Buffalo External HD? :(
     
  6. Crimsoned

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    Could be a whole lot of things...
    1. The internal controller for the usb inside the external hard drive casing.
    2. Could be the fact you've hit 100gb out of 200gb, which means your performance will decrease.. The more full a hard drive is the slower it will be, as the data is written on a disk. It starts in the inner most edge (faster access because of smaller size), and ends at the outer edges of the disk (slower performance, as you need to travel more distance).

    Does your external hard drive click consistently? Do you move it around when you use it? Please give us as much information as you can.
     
  7. comrade_commissar7

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    My hard drive is just stationary at home. I don't bring it with me 'cause I am quite paranoid that I might break it. Although one day, I asked my younger brother to bring it with him to school 'cause I need some files to access there. As far as I know as I have instructed him, he took good care of it. That's just plainly it. Aside from that, I don't remember bringing it with me :(
     
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    What do you mean by "does your external hard drive click consistently"?
     
  9. Crimsoned

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    Does it make random clicking sounds for a 3 or more seconds?
     
  10. LaptopNut

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    First thing to do is run a chkdsk /f on your external hard drive from the Dos prompt to see if it picks up any errors.

    I had a buffalo hard drive that was giving me similar problems and I was just about to send it back when I decided to open it up and place the hard drive into a different external USB case. It turned out that the problem was just the buffalo USB / sata adapter and in the new case everything worked just fine.
     
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    -so you suggest i switch my buffalo hd to a new external HD case?
     
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    i think that doesn't happen. What only happens is that sometimes when I am clicking a file to copy or paste, or folder to open, suddenly, things freeze and it would say that it's not responding. Then I would close it then everything is back to normal then things happen again if I do multi-tasking. If the copying or pasting is successful, it takes alot of time to copy and paste files as big as 700mb and above when it wasn't like that before.
     
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    If a chkdsk /f turns up no errors then switching it to a new case is an option unless it is still under warranty.
     
  14. Crimsoned

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    Yeah could be the USB controller on the buffalo enclosure.
    Buy a new enclosure that will fit yours and swap the hard drive.

    Sounds to me that the hard drive inside is having it's head parked constantly by the controller.
     
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    Could fragmentation be a problem here?

    I know consolidating free space is great for a DATA drive... but it might be the problem here.
     
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    -Okay, thanks a lot, LaptoppNut. I will try your suggestion ASAP :)
     
  17. comrade_commissar7

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    I tried defragmenting it but there was no problem at all, still transferring rate (copy and pasting) take long; plus, it lags alot. By the way, nice profile pic over there. Is that a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck? :)
     
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    Hmm, too bad :(

    And yes, it is a Meisterstück :) - P146 to name the exact model ;)
     
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    Did you do a chkdsk /f yet.
     
  20. comrade_commissar7

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    -Not yet. I believe there are no risks of erasing my data in my HD if I do chkdsk, right?
     
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