Question HDD stutters

yaxy123

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Hey,

My HDD has been stuttering when gaming and pulling up things like inventories that hasn't been cashed. This does not happen on my other HDD or SSDs.

I ran HD Tune for read speeds which gave me what I think is a pretty weird graph not like my other HDD


I also ran the Error Scan which gave no damages but unlike my other HDD it scanned fast in chunks rather than a constant scan.

Health looked fine

What could be causing this and is there a fix?

Specs:
CPU: i7-9700KF 4.6Ghz OC
GPU: RTX 2080 8 GB
Motherboard: Z390 Aorus pro wifi
Main SSD: Samsung 980 evo 500GB
(Some other drives)
HDD in question: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM008 2 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - SATA
 
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What could be causing this and is there a fix?
HDD in question: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM008 2 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - SATA
SMR drive.
When you write something to it, it has to overwrite neighboring tracks in background. Inconsistent performance is what you get in result.
Basically it can be used for backups/archives/audio-video media collection. Not usable for continuous write workloads.
 

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SMR drive.
When you write something to it, it has to overwrite neighboring tracks in background. Inconsistent performance is what you get in result.
Basically it can be used for backups/archives/audio-video media collection. Not usable for continuous write workloads.
Sorry I was unclear in my question, the graph I showed was for reads not writes, I'm fine with worse write speeds as I'm only using it for gaming.
 

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What "some other drives"?

PSU: make, model, wattage, age, condition?

Take an overall look at your system using Resource Monitor and Task Manager. Use both but only one at a time.
I don't see how that's relevant but:
PSU: Corsair CX750M 750 watt, about 2 years old, good condition.
Other drives are:
Samsung evo 850 500GB
WD black 1 TB pcie
Some random Seagate 1TB HDD from an older pc (ST1000DM003)

Nothing weird in task manager or resource monitor, I have rainmeter open on a second monitor so I'd see if anything was acting weird.
 
the graph I showed was for reads not writes, I'm fine with worse write speeds as I'm only using it for gaming.
Reads are being benchmarked. But drive does writes in background.
When writes happen, reads get impacted. Reading and writing is done with same read/write heads.
Each dip in that benchmark line means - something other than benchmark is causing drive activity.
 

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Reads are being benchmarked. But drive does writes in background.
When writes happen, reads get impacted. Reading and writing is done with same read/write heads.
Each dip in that benchmark line means - something other than benchmark is causing drive activity.
Nothing is being written to it according to task manager and resource monitor.
 

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