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Windows 8 tragically slow. 100 percent hard drive.

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#1 cdc1200


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:31 PM


I have a Gateway NE 522 with 4gb memory and a 750 gb HD.

The computer is virtually unusable in the normal mode since the HD stays at 100 percent.  I did remove conduit.search from the machine but this did not solve the problem

I can use the machine in safe mode with limited usability.

I have run Malwarebytes, SUPERAntispyware, Spybot-S&D for starters.  None of these programs showed anything serious


Can you please give me a direction to approach this problem?



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#2 dicke



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:41 AM


Is this something that happened suddenly? Were you surfing and it happened after visiting a site? How old is the system?


Stay well and surf safe [stay protected]

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:46 AM

 You need to find out which task is doing that.  Do a C-A-D and start the Task Manager.  Then click on the Processes tab, then click on the Disk heading twice.  This puts the task(s) doing the most disk activity at the top.  That will tell what the culprit is.


Good luck.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

#4 cdc1200

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 10:03 PM

Thanks for all of the suggestions.

Unfortunately now the computer only boots to the recovery screen.

I know my wife made a recovery that is copied to a usb stick.

Can anyone give me an idea where to go from here?


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