A couple days ago, I went to record with Dxtory. I noticed low recording frames (playing fine, recording slow). So I fiddled with some stuff, and then ran the benchmark test for write speed; it was very slow (~19 MB/s) The write speed, since then, has varied between about 15 MB/s and 32 MB/s. My harddrive is pretty low end, it's regular write speed was only around 50 MB/s, but this is just ridiculous. I also noticed, in the benchmark test, that it was running very choppily. It shows how much has been transferred, and usually it's running at a steady pace. But when I do it now, it writes for a second, stops for a second, writes for a second, stops for a second, etc.
Since then, I've gotten 5 bluescreens (over the course of about 4 or 5 days)
I can still play video games relatively fine. My frame rate is a bit lower, but for example, I can still play BF3 between 30 and 45 FPS. However, it does take even longer than usual to load the maps. Speaking of load times, firefox tends to freeze up a lot now, and take up to a minute or so to even start up. In general, it takes a lot longer for programs to start up.
All of this has led me to believe that something is wrong with my harddrive. Like how games can still run, but load times are very slow (load times being attributed to hard drive speed). But I just need confirmation before I go out and get a new harddrive and end up finding out that wasn't the case.
OH and, if I were to get a 1TB HDD and 2TB HDD to replace it, do I have to worry about
1.) Conflicting components? This may seem like a stupid question, but I'm not very knowledgeable with harddrives.
2.) Power issues? I believe I have a 650 W PSU. I have a GTX 460 and AMD Phenom II X4 840. I don't want to end up getting 2 more hard drives only to find out that I also need a new PSU.
To sum it up:
- Low Write Speeds
- Games run relatively fine, but load times are much longer
- Browsers tend to freeze up/take long to load up as well.
- Generally everything takes long to load up.