Problems with New 160GB HDD

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I have a friend who is  having problems with his new 160 Gig HD.  If
he move files around in it, using windows explorer, it tends to lock
up and he has to use task manager to close windows explorer.  These
are large 1 GB+ mpeg files, but that shouldn't have anything to do
with it, other than the fact there are over 60 GB worth of files on
the drive.  He has moved these files on his C: drive and never had
this happen.

I read somewhere, that if you have 2 HDs on the same IDE channel, the
faster HD should be your Master.  I believe that his160GB drive may be
faster than his 80GB drive which is his boot drive and is set as

I was wondering if anyone has heard that the faster drive should be
the master?



Re: Problems with New 160GB HDD

I heard the slower one should be the master, but either way, if it's locking
up and causing trouble when moving files I wouldn't dare make it the master
drive anyway :\

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the faster drive should be the master for performance reasons - not
first thing to try is installing the latest drivers for his motherboard
especially if its a VIA chipset based board.

Re: Problems with New 160GB HDD

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An example of why you'd want the latest Via 4-in-1 drivers.
Apparently, even with the proposed VIA fix, there are still
some users with the problem.

VIA drivers are here, _if_ the motherboard has a VIA chipset. (Official VIA site)

A separate disk controller card might be a solution. Have
a read through the Google results, and see if anyone tried
that. Of course, you have to find out what chipset is
used on the motherboard first, to see if any of this is
relevant to the problem. (This is why we keep pestering
people for full information about the hardware in their
system.) If an up to date driver doesn't fix
it, then try this for the second disk.

PROMISE ULTRA133 TX2 PCI IDE 66M PCI Controller Card - OEM $38

Also, a 160GB disk is larger than the "137GB boundary". To use
a "large disk" on an older motherboard, you need to check that
the BIOS can handle the larger disk. Check with the manufacturer
of the motherboard, to see if the latest BIOS has added large
disk capability. The following site can provide some background
information (but DO NOT buy a BIOS from them - the motherboard
manufacturer is where you get your free BIOS upgrades!).

This Seagate document is also helpful, regarding >137GB .
And perhaps the presentation style is a bit more useful
as well. At least Seagate won't try to sell you a BIOS...

If this problem is a 48 bit addressing problem, then the
TX2 card above is capable of handling a disk larger than
137GB/sec. Then the only issue, is making sure the OS is
also properly prepared to handle large disks. (As you can
see, buying a disk larger than 120GB is just asking
for trouble :-) )


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