Greetings to the smart people of the tek! =)
I have a problem with my HD; it keeps going in to sleep during games. To give some detail: I'm on a laptop (asus n53sn) it had a slow hard drive to begin with, so I upgraded to an SSD and swapped the DVD drive with a HD caddy to use the old hd as storage..
I don't know if the caddy is the problem but what happens nowadays is when I'm playing a game from the HDD, I get 1-2 seconds of freeze whenever the game asks for certain assets like a sound file or an image. I experienced this in Planetside 2, dota 2 and Starcraft. On some cases I can hear the HD start spinning which takes a while and the game resumes. If I am playing online this lags the game to other people as well if it's p2p.
To give an example, in Starcraft the game loads fairly fast with great performance but after the first 10 minutes if I select a new unit or a building there is 1-2 sec freeze and the game resumes. It becomes so bad that duiring the game's campaign mode as the characters speak and a new one starts talking the game freezes for 2 secs which results in that character's speech ending before the audio can catch up, resulting in sync issues and not being able to hear what they were saying.
I checked the power savings options and the drive is set not to go to sleep.I even moved the pagefile to the secondary HD to keep it spinning but it doesn't help. I also heard that some Laptop HDs are hard coded to go to sleep no matter what windows tells it to do.
Any help is appreciated thanks.