Need some help here, I am stumped. Long story though so I apologize for the wall of text. Specs: (I know that my comp speed isn't problem) -AMD Phenom 9600 quad core 2.31ghz -4gb ddr2 -nvidia 8800gtx with up to date drivers -windows xp sp3 History: I ran 2 IDE hard drives for the longest time. I recently purchased a SATA 1TB seagate 7200rpm drive. Windows still runs on one of the IDE drives, haven't had time to reinstall. EVERY game I had ran beautifully on my IDE drives. I have played many hardware intensive games like crisis, grid, devil may cry 4, etc. Problem: Load times from anything on the SATA drive are garbage. I recently reinstalled grid onto the SATA drive. The games take literally 4-5 minutes to load anything, and as it is loading, the game is very choppy. Once I get into the racing part of the game, it is smooth sailing. I play 2 other games that have a similar issue. I downloaded HDtune and ran a benchmark test. My 81gb IDE drive averages a 55mb/s transfer rate. My SATA drive averages a 1.7mb/s transfer rate. Also, it seems odd that the IDE drive fluctuates from 40 to 65 mb/s where the SATA just holds a steady constant 1.7, like its being choked. I don't have a clue... I am not extremely computer smart, but I know the basics. I try to keep my computer free of viruses and spyware, and keep my drivers up to date. My machine is clean and smooth running, something just isn't working right with this SATA drive.