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I have xp home p4 2.4  1 gig wd 120  I used to keep my media files on this drive but I have too many so I bought a wd 250.  the 120 has 8 meg cache and the 250 has 16.  when viewing video it stutters,  when setting up playlists or when previewing the many 1000's of songs it halts for a few seconds;  it never did these with just the 120.   the 250 is the primary slave to the 120.  
Do you think it's a bad drive or is the slave slower/unreliable than the master??

Thanks for your input.
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by:compfixer101
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Might be a bit slower since it is a the same cable as the master

try putting it on its on cable

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by:Callandor
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Post the models of both drives.  Is DMA enabled for both, and are they explicitly jumpered as master and slave?  WD drives have a different jumper setting for a Single master, versus a Master with Slave.
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by:r-k
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"1000's of songs"

If all the songs are in the same folder that could cause a problem. Windows gets sluggish when wading through a folder with that many entries. Try moving a few songs to a folder by themselves as a test.
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by:dnlowe
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sorry to take so long to get back to you; i'm on a crazy schedule.
I will post the model #'s tomorrow.  I do remember The jumpers are correct for master with slave.  DMA is enabled for both.

I have moved some of the songs about half to another folder and no improvement.
There are only 400? videos/ 70 gigs but it's just the videos that have the problem of stuttering and halting during playback. almost like the harddrive has to catch up.

I think the model #'s are:   wd1200jb    wd2500jb    does that make sense?
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did you defrag the drives?

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by:dnlowe
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I just finished copying all the files over;  should I still need to defrag?
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by:Callandor
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Try it with a different cable - make sure it is one of those 80-wire ones.
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by:dnlowe
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I have used a number of different cables;all 80 pin.   Do you know of a program for testing hard drives?  or telling their transfer speed?  
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I would suggest putting it on a different controller than the boot (C:) drive, i.e. put it on the secondary controller. IDE transfers get sluggish is you're accessing both drives on the same controller at once. I think this is what compfixer also meant in the first message about putting it on its own cable.
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My processor is only the 533 fsb////do you think that might have something to do with it.
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by:TreyH
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Is the new drive formatted NTFS or FAT32? Is the old drive NTFS or FAT32? NTFS carries a little more overhead when fetching a directory listing but tweaks exist to speed it up some.
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by:Callandor
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The FSB will not cause one drive to run faster than another, so that's not a factor.
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by:dnlowe
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Well guys, it's a bad drive;  the 250.

Thanks for all your responses, much appreciated.

Congrats to Callandor for the links to the testing programs;  the points are yours.
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