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Checking heard drive health, how please?


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#1 LouiseTopp

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 05:00 AM

Hi I'm using windows 7 and sometimes when I use Chrome or Explorer to visit Facebook, my pc will work for a while then become sluggish and then freeze. yesterday was a nightmare and I couldn't get the cursor to move or anything, so I had to reboot the tower. Now i am worried I may have damaged the hard drive, is there a free tool or something that can test whether the hard drive is wearing out etc?

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 08:33 AM

Hard Drive Diagnostics:
 
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 
Make sure you select the tool which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.
For Toshiba drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnostic


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:11 AM

How can I find out what brand my hard drive is please?



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:31 AM

You can get the model number in Device Manager under Disk Drives. Googling the model number should give you the make of the drive.



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 11:36 AM

I did a virus check on AVG cloud but it found nothing, do you think it's my internet connection?

 

I am on Sky broadband unlimited.



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Posted 08 November 2014 - 12:04 PM

1) I think you should do one thing at a time. Check the hd

 

2) Do you have an anti virus app installed?



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 05:21 AM

 

Do you have an anti virus app installed?

 

Yes AVG cloud



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Posted 09 November 2014 - 06:55 AM

Okay.  In addition to checking the hd please run a full scan with MalwareBytes



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Posted 10 November 2014 - 10:16 AM

Just been reading a magazine called web user and it mentioned a Chrome add on called ad-blocker, apparently it takes up memory and I do notice when I use Chrome that I get a notice which says it's waiting for this add aware thingy.  Do you think that's what could be slowing it down?  I think its called add block plus, but not sure.


Edited by LouiseTopp, 10 November 2014 - 10:18 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2014 - 08:54 AM

Why...don't you please provide the following requested data?  Then, we can hypothesize about what might be wrong.

 

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
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Edited by hamluis, 17 November 2014 - 10:24 AM.


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 05:24 AM

I just tried but AVG cloud didn't like it, and restarted my pc.  I notice that I have a lot of files in my temp folder, if I delete all those will it effect my PC?

 

Also I have a programme called Decapifiar, have you heard of that please?


Edited by LouiseTopp, 17 November 2014 - 05:25 AM.





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