So I've been experiencing some problems
1) Delay write failed and other hard drive related specific slowness (when unraring files, etc.)
It is evident when I either try to run Utorrent and one core of my core2 duo processor is using it's max on the utorrent service. Keep in mind that this is happening even if I'm just downloading a 250 MB file and just now started. It immediately jumps to 100% on one of the cores.
Also, when i kick off winrar to unrar a volume, one core pops up to 100% processor usage.
I thought it was my drive that was going bad WD Sata II drive so I got a new one. The new one is experiencing the same issues and won't even make it through Windows XP Installation without a pop up that says delay write failed and causes me to totally have to reformat and start again.
Since it happened to both drives (both a new) I thought the problem may be in the motherboard itself (it has onboard sata)
My question is, can a damaged onboard motherboard sata port (any of them; i've rotated through the others to see if it would fix anything and it hasn't) provide *working* sata access but have it be degraded access (resulting in delay write failed and long seek/access time)
Or is it a all or nothing deal where the sata port is either 100% dead or it works?