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Slow Harddrive / Computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dalio, Apr 15, 2011.

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  1. Dalio

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    I have an HP dv2-1043ca. It normally would take my laptop 3-4 minutes to bootup. The other day I needed to be using my computer by the time I got to work thus I started it up and closed the the lid and went to work. When I got there my computer was non-functional (the drive was really slow, getting OS errors, etc.)

    I have restored the OS to the factory delivery state, run a CHKDSK which found errors which it corrected; flashed my BIOS; run a defrag however I am still finding the computer really slow and seems to linger on ever command.

    Any ideas to get it back to normal operating state would be appreciated....
     
  2. jesseyoung

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    Hi, you said CHKDSK found some errors, you can try HDtune to check aslo. whether the problem is due to the HDD.
    Normally reinstalling or restoring the OS will speed up the PC running.
    Did you have other bootup item to run when you boot the PC? How you restore the OS?
     
  3. Hughv

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    What is your OS?
    Check in device manager to see if all the drivers were properly installed.
     
  4. Dalio

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    I am using Vista. I restored using the HP restore tool to get to factory setting. Then I did a Windows and HP update to get all the latest patches.
     
  5. Dalio

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    Checked device manager and no flags.
     
  6. jesseyoung

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    Have you tried HDtune?
     
  7. Hughv

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    Check (msconfig) to see what's loading at startup and pare it down. Many big brand computers come with loads of trial and junk software that's completely unnecessary and may slow down your startup. Many people like to use Ccleaner for this purpose.
    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
     
  8. Dalio

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    Checked msconfig to remove unnecessary garbage. Currently running HD Tune which has already idedtified 7.2% damaged blocks. Does the HD Tune tool repair these errors?
     
  9. Dalio

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    HD Tune is still running and now is at 14.5% damaged blocks...
     
  10. jesseyoung

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    Oh, i think it's the main cause,since you used CHKDSK to repair the logical errors and you should send the disk for professinal repair, HDtune just scan the error.
     
  11. jesseyoung

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    Or replace the bad one with a new HDD just in case, better choice.
     
  12. Dalio

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    HD Scan shows about 20 red (damaged) blocks in 3 main segments at the front end of the test the rest are all green. Is there any alternative to swapping out the hard drive?
     
  13. jesseyoung

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    So far as i know, generally if the damage block can be repaired, it's unnecessary to swap, you can contact the local repair department for a confirmation. However if you still continue using the disk before the repair, the damage block will just increase anyway, and it's more inconvenient for your PC use in future.
    Good luck!
     
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