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Hard Drive Slow to Read: How Can I Fix It

Updated on Jul 23, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Manager

Too slow! Your hard drive takes a long time to read. If you are also troubled by this kind of slow hard drive issue, you must read this article to fix the 'hard drive slow to read' issue without difficulty. EaseUS provides the most effective solutions for you. Read on and fix the slow hard drive.

Help! My Hard Drive Takes a Long Time to Read

"I've got a worrisome dilemma here regarding my HDD. It's 2-3 years old and mainly used for storage with 300gb space left. Too often lately, I have hard drives that slow down to a crawl.  Pulling the drive from the computer and testing it with HDTune shows the read speeds to be less than 5MB/s. Is there anyone can help me?"

How to Fix a Hard Drive with Slow Read Speed

If you are also bothered by the same problem, you can follow the try-and-true solutions below to fix your slow hard drive.

Part 1. Quick Fixes

Solution 1. Check for programs making frequent read/write requests to the disk in Task Manager. Make sure no unwanted programs are tying up your disk in the background.

Solution 2. If Task Manager looks OK, check how long it takes to transfer a large file to the disk. It should be close to the drive's advertised read speed (this may be affected by how the drive is connected i.e. USB 3.0 versus SATA).

Solution 3. Switch the SATA data cable. Another effective way to fix a slow hard drive, especially for the hard drive that fails in a fast file transfer or read speed, is to disconnect the SATA data cable from the first SATA port on the motherboard (where it was always connected) and then connect that same cable into the last SATA port. Sometimes, it's the problem of a dusty or loose SATA cable that slows down your SATA HDD without warning.

Part 2. Advanced Fix

For some serious hard drive issues that might cause a hard drive overloaded and sluggish, you need the advanced help of professional hard drive diagnostic toolkits! Here, EaseUS Partition Master Free is recommended. This free partition manager comes with three useful features that happen to solve the problem of a slow hard drive perfectly.

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Speed up Your Slow Hard Drive with EaseUS Partition Master

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master Free once it has been installed on your PC.

Step 2. Right-click on the hard drive that becomes very slow suddenly and chooses "Check Partition" from the drop-down list.

check your hard drive with easeus

Step 3. Tick all the three checkboxes which are "Check Partition Properties, Call Windows Chkdsk to fix errors if found errors and Surface Test". Click "OK".

tick the three options to check the partition

Step 4. Let the software automatically check and repair hard drive issues that slow down your hard drive. Do not interrupt the process until it finished.

Step 5. Go back to the software's main menu and start the second round. This time click "Cleanup and Optimization" on the top.

click cleanup and optimization to speed up your pc

Step 6. Go on with the option "Disk Optimization".

choose disk optimization

Step 7. Choose the slow hard drive you decided to fix and click "Optimize". Repeat this step if there is more than one partition you are trying to optimize. The software will defrag the hard drive in order to make it work faster again.