I have recently added several things to my library of sounds. I have two hard drives for samples- one is 120GB, and the other is 300GB. I have filled up the 300 to about 200GB of samples right now. It is not functioning well. Everything I play from it pops and clicks no matter what I do with buffer settings. The 120GB drive has only 26GB of space, and everything functions just fine off of it. Do you think it is a bad hard drive? Or did I overfill it? All advice is sincerely appreciated, since I am (of course) on a deadline.
Yes it is defragmented. 7200rpm. Internal ide drive. NO NOTES CAN PLAY WITHOUT POPPING. None whatsoever. Totally freaking me out. The drive is only a year old, so I guess I'll call Seagate today and see if they have anything to say. Any other thoughts?
Use a S.M.A.R.T tool to analyze the drive(s) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T). One can find some free drive analysis tools wich support it at http://www.tucows.com. Assure that the critical categories are of acceptable status. Poor performance in any of those categories can be grounds for RMAing a drive for a replacement.
So I've replaced the IDE cable- no dice. I'm now using Seagate's tool to analyze the disk itself. So now I get to suffer for 4 hours while I wait for it to tell me something! I'll let you know what this is when I get it solved. Meanwhile, if anyone else has more clues- please chime in!
Seatools to my knowledge does not offer S.M.A.R.T information; I Highly recommend using a tool that does. As you observe, if your your drive throughput was choked by the transfer mode, that could be the simple cause for the problem.