Hey everyone. So anyway three weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and the pc would freeze. I checked on the windows experience rating on hardware and all hardware got a pass mark of 7.9 . But the hard drive got 5.8.
So i had no choice but to replace the hard drive and re-install windows 7 on a replacement disk. Unfortunately since im broke currently i had three available used hard drives. I had a western digital sata 250gb available. I ran external smart tests on it and it passed. However windows rated wd drive as a 5.8.
So i installed windows and all my programs. Everything is running fine. The the programs are opening quick. But heres the big BUT...
Im a cg artist and use an application called blender. When im working on my projects in this program i get these intermitant freezes, only a few seconds. And also when i go online to use firefox when i load a tab the intermittent pause occurs again.
furthermore, panda security was catching a lot of trojans. i downloaded a program called malwarebytes anti-malware and managed to detect the virus file and delete it. however in firefox when i open a tab im automatically directed to spyhunter antimalware. i dont know if this has anything to do with the main problem.
To summarize. This is the steps i took:
A) installed up to date drivers for mobo and peripherals, i.e graphics card drivers , audio drivers etc
uninstalled and re-installed blender and firefox.
C) scanned for malware and trojans via panda antivirus cloud
D) windows 7 spk 1 up to date.
E) windows memory/ ram test
F) scan windows files for errors
G) registry repair scan.
Ive scoured the internet for help and followed guides but to no avail. My hunch at the moment is on the western digital hard drive since the windows rating has analyzed the drive in its data access performance. Furthermore, when the pc pauses it looks as if its trying to access something or process something.
In planning on buying a new sata drive this weekend but i wanna be sure that the problem is the hard drive and not something else. Otherwise ive wasted my money.
Finally heres my specs:
Os: windows 7 ultimate spk 1
Mobo: sapphire x58 black
Cpu: intel i7 920 @ 2.67mhz
Memory: ddr3 8gb
Graphics card: nvidia geforce 760gtx
Wireless utility: tp-link 150mps wireless network adapter
Edited by hamluis, 25 November 2014 - 02:06 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.