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Windows 7: Extreme Slowness

21 Jan 2012   #11
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
WD HDD Fix?

Have you applied the HDD fix for your WD 1 TB drive?
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WD Caviar Green HDDs Suffer from a Critical Design Flaw

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This type of abnormal behavior can lead to loud clicking noises, a shorter drive lifespan as well as a loss in performance and an artificially increased number of load-unload cycles in the S.M.A.R.T. monitoring system.

Western Digital is well aware of this problem and has released a DOS-based utility which makes the drive wait longer before entering the Intellipark mode.
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21 Jan 2012   #12
Pirate43

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

@torre Yeah, the M4A78 PLUS is a bit obscure for some reason. Haven't found anything.
@lehnerus I'm not using that drive, the problem is within the OS, that is just my storage drive which I have no issues with.
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21 Jan 2012   #13
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
If the drive is disconnected ...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pirate43 View Post
I'm not using that drive, the problem is within the OS, that is just my storage drive which I have no issues with.
Fair enough (if the drive is disconnected).

Are you sure that Windows doesn't try checking that drive, when you are doing something unrelated?
You haven't moved any system files to it (e.g. Hibernation file, Page file, User folder)?

When I have Process Explorer open, I can see that Windows is regularly performing HDD operations (only a few bytes at a time).

Every 60 minutes or so, my floppy drive "clunks" (i.e. performs the checking for disk action) even though I haven't used it for months.

Another thing that happened to me is that I had a dodgy power cable on my DVD drive.
My machine took ages to boot, because it kept trying to check the DVD drive, even though it wasn't required for booting at all!

If you are not "using" the HDD, you could disconnect it and see if that makes any difference.
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21 Jan 2012   #14
Pirate43

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pirate43 View Post
I'm not using that drive, the problem is within the OS, that is just my storage drive which I have no issues with.
Fair enough (if the drive is disconnected).

Are you sure that Windows doesn't try checking that drive, when you are doing something unrelated?
You haven't moved any system files to it (e.g. Hibernation file, Page file, User folder)?

When I have Process Explorer open, I can see that Windows is regularly performing HDD operations (only a few bytes at a time).

Every 60 minutes or so, my floppy drive "clunks" (i.e. performs the checking for disk action) even though I haven't used it for months.

Another thing that happened to me is that I had a dodgy power cable on my DVD drive.
My machine took ages to boot, because it kept trying to check the DVD drive, even though it wasn't required for booting at all!

If you are not "using" the HDD, you could disconnect it and see if that makes any difference.
I will try disconnecting the WD.
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21 Jan 2012   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Do you have any other drives laying around you can install Windows on and test ? It also sounds like a hard drive to me. At least this will rule it out.
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21 Jan 2012   #16
stevieray

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Have you tried the Performance Troubleshooter? Troubleshooting
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22 Jan 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

Unplug any floppy drive and leave it unplugged.

It's hard to see how it can be the OS when you clean reinstalled two different versions. Nevertheless work through these troubleshooting steps which cover most problems with OS and hardware. Make sure to achieve and maintain a clean boot straight away, replace any bloated AV with MSE or Avast 6 and Win7 firewall for best performance.

Test your RAM - Test with Memtest86+ overnight to stress test it.

Burn WD Data Lifeguard ISO to CD, boot and run the Extended HD scan. In addition you could have boot sector corruption which can cause all kinds of problems, so as a last resort wipe the HD with the CD.

Test your CPU - Stress Test with Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums.

If none of these help, study the logs as given in the steps to look for repeat errors and resolve all.
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22 Jan 2012   #18
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Do you have any other drives laying around you can install Windows on and test ? It also sounds like a hard drive to me. At least this will rule it out.
It seems like some sort of hardware (or driver) problem.

I believe that Pirate43 has Windows on an SSD.
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@lehnerus I'm not using that drive, the problem is within the OS, that is just my storage drive which I have no issues with.
I wonder if it is a MB SATA controller problem.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I had a weird problem with some of my MB SATA sockets (SATA controller?).
I would get delays opening folders on certain drives.
After some messing around, I was able to find a combination that eliminated the problem.
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22 Jan 2012   #19
Pirate43

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I have done both Prime95 and Memtest86+ before for many many hours and to my frustration, they show everything as normal. I do indeed have W7 on the intel 160GB SSD shown on my specs.

Would the MB SATA problemstill come into effect if I said another symptom was copying a file from one flash drive to another? Because that is also another issue. Less than 1 megabyte per second.
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22 Jan 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

Likely USB controller issues - either hardware or driver could be responsible.

Have you tried the manufacturer's chipset?

If so, and you've only tried the manufacturer's chipset, have you tried running for awhile with the chipset the Win7 installer issues during install, and/or quickly updates after install via optional Windows Updates?
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