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why is my hard drive slow?


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#1 sparkingchatterbox

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 08:18 PM

Hello everyone
I would like to know how to clean my hard drive and make sure it is running how it is meant to be. My computer hard drive is about 7-10 yrs old and i cant afford to update. The prob I am having is that my children cant install Dungeons and Dragons or warcraft and it is taking upto 10 minutes to even be able to get to the internet when i turn the computer on and after it open MSN etc. I have temp my computer defragged it ran viruses and removed programms i dont use but i just have no idea what ele i can do.
PLease help I am desperate. What do I do now?
thanks heaps
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:00 PM

A decent guide, outdated but useful: http://www.cityschools.com/technology/comp_maint.htm

Scandisk is no more, the current replacement is chkdsk.

Chkdsk Explained, Understanding What Chkdsk Does - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314835/EN-US/ Skip everything down to Understanding What chkdsk does.

Running CHKDSK - http://www.1securitycenter.com/windows_xp_faq/chkdsk.html Follow the first set of directions given, but select both options (automatically fix...scan for).

I find that a defrag is more efficient if run after running the chkdsk according to the instructions above. Chkdsk may move files or files fragments, no point in running defrag (which places files for efficiency) before running a chkdsk command.

FWIW: If you have a 7-10 year-old hard drive...I suspect that it may not have sufficient free space to perform well.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:05 PM

What version of Windows do you have ?

What brand & model is the computer ?
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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:10 PM

First thing I would do is go into task manager and find out what your CPU usage is. Verify it is a hard drive problem before you waste time trying to fix it. You might have so many background processes running your computer is just slugged down.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:29 AM

What version of Windows do you have ?

What brand & model is the computer ?


Hello
sorry it has taken me so long to answer you i havent been on for a few days.
I have Windows XP and I have no idea what brand or model it is. I have looked on the computer itself but it is so old it has rubbed of i have found the motherboard disk if that helps P4S800-MX

thanks




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