I have a Toshiba Satellite 1905-S303 laptop with a Toshiba MK4018GAP 40 GB hard drive. The system has recently gotton real slow, and in running some diagnostics I've found that the hard drive performance is awful. Using Diskspeed32 (http://www.geocities.com/vgrinenko/DiskSpeed32/
) my performance results are as follows:
Avr. access time 25.5 ms
Read burst speed 3.4 mbps
Max speed 3533 kBytes/s
During the burst tests the CPU utilization peaks at 100%.
I went to the Toshiba web site and they indicate there are no specific drivers for this hard drive, the driver is include with the OS (I'm running XP Pro).
The specs they show for the drive are:
Avg seek 13ms
Max transfer rate 100MB/Sec
I flashed my BIOS with the latest version, just for kicks, with no help.
Does anyone have any idea how I can further isolate this problem or, better yet, fix it?