My computer appears to be running very slow. The problem is probably related to the hard disk. I have gone through the checklist
on these forums, but the problem persists. (I checked for virusses and spyware. I did a disk check and defragmented it. I ran a registry cleaner.)
My Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop is 3.5 years old. I am running Windows XP Professional SP3. Processor is Intel Pentium M 1.70 GHz. I have 2GB RAM.
Right after a reboot, the computer runs smooth. Some of the cleanup I did actually has speed up a lot of actions.The problems begin when I start hard disk activity
(for example, transfering files from my external hard disk to my laptop hard disk).
I did a test:
- First, file transfer is 30 MB/s (writing on laptop hard disk). I waited a few minutes, not touching the laptop.
-Then I started moving the mouse a little, without even clicking anything. Right away, the transfer speed drops to below 2 MB/s.
- When I release the mouse and do nothing again, speed climbs to like max. 6 MB/s, then drops to 2 MB/s and keeps fluctuating between those limits. It does not appear to get back to 30 MB/s (perhaps it would if I waited half an hour).
Most of the time, any thing I do during file transfer is slow. For example:
- Opening Notepad. Once it is open, it opens quickly after I close it first.
- Opening Wordpad.
- "Save as" in Notepad/Wordpad
During slowdown, the hard disk activity indicator light
(the cilinder shape) of my laptop is on constantly and I hear this typical sound that I can describe accurately. It's the normal sound when the computer is doing something, and I assume it is hard disk activity (as it goes together with that indicator). But during slowdown, this sound is occuring for an extended period.
During slowdown, CPU use
is far from 100% and memory
is not full either (more like 600-900/3423MB).
Slowdown does not only
happen when I start transfering files
. Opening Notepad/Wordpad sometimes takes like 30 seconds even if I'm not transfering files. During those 30 seconds, the cilinder light indicator is flashing heavily and I hear the accompanying sound.
Is there anyone who could clarify the problem? Is it hardware related? Perhaps my hard drive has reached the end of its lifetime, but it would be good if I could make sure that's the real cause before I buy a new laptop (I guess I'd just buy a new one since it's 3.5 years old already).
I'll be happy to provide more information or test results. Many thanks in advance!