Extreme hard drive slow down
Posted on 2009-12-31
I have a 1 TB Hitachi Deskstar SATA hard drive, which I bought a few months ago and am using as a secondary drive (OS is on another disk). Today, Windows popped up the message "Windows detected a hard disk problem." I can still access the disk and browse through the files. However, when attempting to move files off to another drive, the transfer rate is extremely slow. The copying process starts at a reasonable speed, and a few files get transferred quickly, and then the transfer slows down to around 300 kB/s. As far as I can tell, the drive is not making any unusual noises.
What kind of failure does this indicate? Is there anything that can be done?