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27-Oct-2008, 05:28 PM #1
Solved: Churning Hard Drive
My aunt's computer is running slower. The Hard Drive seems to churn...for no reason. you can still hear it cranking even if no one has been using the computer for a while.

I've also noticed that sometime the CPU monitor shows it running at 100% but there is not much running.
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27-Oct-2008, 08:03 PM #2
Checked it for spyware/adware/trojans/viruses lately?
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27-Oct-2008, 10:50 PM #3
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Checked it for spyware/adware/trojans/viruses lately?
Yes...as a matter of fact..I think part of her problem may be too many spyware / anti-virus/registray monitor programs. Could they conflict and cause the hard drive to just keep searching the hard drive for errors?
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27-Oct-2008, 11:36 PM #4
If the hard drive is making noises other than normal running sound,then that sounds like the drive is dying mechanically,a physical problem rather than a data problem.
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28-Oct-2008, 12:23 AM #5
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Yes...as a matter of fact..I think part of her problem may be too many spyware / anti-virus/registray monitor programs. Could they conflict and cause the hard drive to just keep searching the hard drive for errors?
You should only have 1 antivirus program running.

You should not need registry cleaners, they do more harm than good.

You can have a selection of adware/spyware type programs, but they are run only on user request, they don't run all the time (unless she has scheduled them to run)
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28-Oct-2008, 02:02 AM #6
Try Spybot or Mbam.
This could be a rootkit or the PC may have become part of a botnet.
In many cases it's easier to reinstall than to remove these infections.
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28-Oct-2008, 03:49 AM #7
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If the hard drive is making noises other than normal running sound,then that sounds like the drive is dying mechanically,a physical problem rather than a data problem.
I agree.

Back up all important data immediately, it is likely a failure is imminent.
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28-Oct-2008, 09:18 AM #8
Thanks everyone. Your advise is much appreciated!
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