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Solved: Churning Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SammyShine, Oct 27, 2008.

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  1. SammyShine

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    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.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Checked it for spyware/adware/trojans/viruses lately?
     
  3. SammyShine

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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?
     
  4. Mr. Newton

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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.
     
  5. kiwiguy

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    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)
     
  6. Hughv

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    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.
     
  7. Lucky5tar

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    I agree.

    Back up all important data immediately, it is likely a failure is imminent.
     
  8. SammyShine

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    Thanks everyone. Your advise is much appreciated!
     
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