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System Slow Down! - Possibly HDD....

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TheApprentice, Jan 19, 2007.

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  1. TheApprentice

    TheApprentice Thread Starter

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    Hey all,

    My system has been slowing down alot lately...
    The Memory, Processor etc...all seem to be working good...

    But when I do stuff, such as accessing the HDD or copying files from HDD to HDD... it takes unusually longer than before...

    Everything takes longer when using the Harddrive... and I reinstalled winodws 3 days ago...It actually works slower now with new windows than before...

    I was reading about formatting HDD's a while ago..and it said that if the Harddrive was used before..then do a full format not a quick one...

    >>>I've formatted my drive using the quick option at about 5 times in the past year...
    Could this be the problem?
    Should I back-up data once more and do a full format?

    Also I occasionally hear soft buzzing sounds coming from the harddrive...Don;t know if this is good or bad cuz I think I've been hearing it for the past year...
     
  2. Rich-M

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    I think you are on the right track...how about age and maker of hard drive. can I guess Maxtor and it's ide? Probably time to replace on suspicion alone. If nothing else put second drive in, use Acronis True Image to move over drive and then see if you have a different experience. You can always use old drive for storage as that puts way less stress on a hard drive than boopting.
     
  3. TheApprentice

    TheApprentice Thread Starter

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    it is IDE and I believe its a Seagate drive.. (160gb)

    Yea I was worrying about replacing it..I have so much data that I can't afford to lose...
    hmmm... So best option is to replace..right?

    or get an additional?
     
  4. Rich-M

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    I would.
     
  5. TheApprentice

    TheApprentice Thread Starter

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    k thanks for keeping me on path then...

    Know what to do now...
     
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