I have a 250GB Western Digital HD that I use as my primary HD for storing data.
Recently, Iâ€™ve been having problems with the HD.
For instance, when I try to burn a disc (DVD or CD) using this HD as the source burn times take much longer.
I notice then when burning using either NERO or DVD Decrypter that the read buffer does not stay full anymore, and at times it is completely empty!
In NERO Iâ€™ve seen messages like:
â€œCan only write at 2x instead of 4x, because the speed of the source is too slowâ€
My DVD/CD devices all are using DMA mode, but it looks like my HD is using PIO.
Following is a snip from my NERO logs:
=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : WDC WD1200JB-00EVA0 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : _NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A atapi Port 3 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : SONY CD-RW CRX195E1 atapi Port 3 ID 1 DMA: On
DiskPeripheral : WDC WD2500JB-32FUA0 15.0 ultra Port 4 ID 0 DMA: Off
DiskPeripheral : WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 15.0 ultra Port 4 ID 2 DMA: Off
CdRomPeripheral : Generic DVD-ROM 1.0 d347prt Port 5 ID 0 DMA: Off
CdRomPeripheral : Generic DVD-ROM 1.0 d347prt Port 5 ID 1 DMA: Off
I donâ€™t know if this is the issue, since I never examined the logs before.
The 250 GB Western Digital HD is connected to my machine via a PCI WinXP Promise Ultra133 TX2 ™ IDE Controller.
Due to this, I canâ€™t seem to access the individual HD via the IDE ATA/ATAPTI Controllers section from the device manager to set it to DMA.
I tried uninstalling the WinXP Promise Ultra133 TX2 ™ IDE Controller from the device manager and reinstalling the device, and even tried changing the PCI slot.
Nothing seems to work.
I did verify though that I can burn from my main 120 GB HD (which according to NERO has DMA on) without issue.
Iâ€™ve also freed up over 100GB of space on the HD as well as defragment the HD.
Iâ€™m at a loss as to what my next steps should be.
Any help is much appreciated.