So for about 3 weeks now, I've been using my new computer. For some reason, windows would be slow and do crazy things just about every day. At first I thought it was windows so I did all the updates and was about to reinstall, but the problem seemed like it was coming from the hardware.
I have 2 HDDs and I know for a fact one works fine since I used it on my last system. The other ones is a brand new WD-500GB that I got from new egg about a month ago.
So here is the point of the story, I recently disabled the second hard drive (WD) and everything works perfectly and super fast (compared to before). So I have proven that what was causing all my problems was the second hard drive.
I ran several HDD benchmarks and stability utilities, they all passed, I also checked the SMART logs and it all seemed to be working.
A problem for example would be: I am on windows whose every file is stored on the first HDD and was working ok, then I decide to play a song stored on HHD #2 and then for no reason everything freezes, mouse does not respond, ctrl-alt-del does not respond and there is nothing i can do. Now, I've been without the second HDD and have had ZERO problems.
Now my problem: Is this something I can fix? Should I return the HDD even though it passes every test I can find?
HDD Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM