What DOES my username mean...?
So, i finally got all the parts for my new desktop yesterday, spent all night getting it built and installed, got all the software, art apps and Wacom ready to go back to work. But then something unexpected happened: One of my hard drives started reading increeeeeedibly slow. Like, double-click-and-then-go-get-a-cup-of-coffee-slow. Luckily it isn't my ART drive (PHEW!), but my media drive. All my music, movies, setups, backups, etc. are trapped in a slow-as-shite puddle of molasses. i made sure all the mobo drivers were installed correctly and the drive seems to be "healthy" according to the drive manager but everything is reading at a snail's pace.
Once i navigate to a particular folder or run a specific file, things seem to read at a normal speed if i ever return. The drive's contents are present but take forever to read the first time around. Even after a system shutdown and reboot, aforementioned, previously viewed files and folders seem to read and run fine. it looks as though the drive's file index is either toast or needs to be rebuilt but i don't know how to do that manually in Windows 10. Google just responds with ads and malware downloads so i don't know where to turn now. i also don't know what risks there are to running a full (multiple hours) disk check and/or defrag and/or disk analysis. The initial analysis shot from 1% to 25% in minutes but seemingly stopped at that spot for half an hour. i chickened out at that point and stopped the analysis, half expecting the whole thing to crash but it didn't. That feels like a good thing but i don't know what the risks are going forward.
Should i attempt to "fix" my drive? is there even a problem with the drive in the first place? Should i make an attempt to back up the important files first and say farewell to the rest? is there any risk associated with trying a defrag? (or will a defrag even half of the drive reads so goddm slow?) is this common with Win10 or newer machines struggling with older disks?
The drive is only 4 or 5 years old. it's a platter sata so it's fraggable. -And it worked just freakin' fine on my last machine with no issues, slowdown or signs of death. Literally a week ago it worked just fine inside a different computer.
Solved! i'm an idiot.