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Windows 7: Hard drive constantly read/writing

05 Apr 2013   #41
rcan1015

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Well it's been a frustrating few days--my computer has gotten much worse. Now, the noises seem less of an issue. After all the procedures I've tried, the computer has become very unresponsive. When I turn it on it will get to the Windows logo and just stay there. Sometimes it says 'preparing security options' and nothing happens. I'll press the power button for 10 seconds to shut down and try it again. Then I'll get a black screen with a blinking cursor. Sometimes the desktop appears with a black background and all the icons, but I can't select anything. The mouse moves around but clicking or double clicking doesn't do anything. Today, I finally got my previously normal screen--but when I double click on any folders (documents, photos, etc), instead of opening the folder a window popsup showing the 'properties' dialog box for that folder. I don't know what is happening. I'm going to try and remove all my personal files and maybe try the System Recovery this weekend. Anybody know what's happening with the file folders?

Thanks,
Richard


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05 Apr 2013   #42
Anak

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rcan1015 View Post
Well it's been a frustrating few days--my computer has gotten much worse. Now, the noises seem less of an issue. After all the procedures I've tried, the computer has become very unresponsive. When I turn it on it will get to the Windows logo and just stay there. Sometimes it says 'preparing security options' and nothing happens. I'll press the power button for 10 seconds to shut down and try it again. Then I'll get a black screen with a blinking cursor. Sometimes the desktop appears with a black background and all the icons, but I can't select anything. The mouse moves around but clicking or double clicking doesn't do anything. Today, I finally got my previously normal screen--but when I double click on any folders (documents, photos, etc), instead of opening the folder a window popsup showing the 'properties' dialog box for that folder. I don't know what is happening. I'm going to try and remove all my personal files and maybe try the System Recovery this weekend. Anybody know what's happening with the file folders?

Thanks,
Richard
Rich, from how our posts were going I had thought your next post (this one) would have told us that your recovery went well and everything is okay now, obviously I was mistaken.

Your system is so hemmed up the least you could do is a recovery to alleviate its, and your pain.

No maybe. Do it!
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09 Apr 2013   #43
rcan1015

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Anak,
I'm closer to beginning the Recovery--I've been having so many issues lately, it has been difficult to get the computer working long enough to remove my personal info. The computer came with Windows 7 installed--but I haven't been able to locate the disc. Will Windows 7 be removed during the Recovery? If so, how do I install it again?

Thanks,
Richard
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10 Apr 2013   #44
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

It's okay Richard, getting ready for any kind of re-installation takes a lot of prep work, and if you have problems like that Hard Disk Drive (HDD) running all the time it only makes it worse. I'll be here.

Yes, it will be removed. The hard drive will be formatted before the recovery process begins. Formatting means everything will be removed so the HDD can start with a clean slate.

But don't worry, All the software and Utilities included in the Essentio CM1630 specifications will be re-installed including the Operating System.

You can try Safe Mode Option one, to see if safe mode will make the job of removing your data easier.

Be warned, your display may look a little funny and icons may be moved around, but all your stuff should be there on the desktop.

Did you download the manual yet? The link for it is here in post #29. you'll see it near the bottom.

If safe mode works better you can even run it with networking which will allow you to get on the web.
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10 Apr 2013   #45
rcan1015

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Anak,
Will the reinstallation of the operating system and original utilities be done automatically? Or will I have to locate original documents, software keys, discs, etc. I'm not sure if my son retained much of anything except the receipt. I sure don't want to buy Windows 7 or any of the other pre-installed software.

Thanks,

Richard
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10 Apr 2013   #46
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rcan1015 View Post
Anak,
Will the reinstallation of the operating system and original utilities be done automatically?
Yes if you follow the instructions in the manual.

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Start with steps 1 and 2:
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Then in step 3 select System Recovery.

You don't have to babysit during the Recovery process (step 4), usually only at the beginning and at the end, but I would remember to come back and check the process frequently in case there are questions the process may ask during it; usually a Yes, No or OK. Recovery should take maybe 15 to 30 minutes.
Hard drive constantly read/writing-rcan2.jpg

When done your machine should reboot automatically back to the Desktop, and your done with that part.

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1.) Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System and scroll down to the bottom you should see this:
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If you don't, post back and I'll tell you how to activate.

2.) Your next step if your Recovery is Genuine is to remove the Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security Trial, use this: Uninstalling Trend Micro Titanium using the uninstall tool

Then download, install, and update Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

3.) At this point your next move is to install any programs you deem necessary and copy your saved data back into them.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rcan1015 View Post
Or will I have to locate original documents, software keys, discs, etc. I'm not sure if my son retained much of anything except the receipt. I sure don't want to buy Windows 7 or any of the other pre-installed software.

Thanks,

Richard
You shouldn't have to, all of the other docs, and keys will already be there on the hard disk drive (HDD), except for the printer installation. Do you have a printer?

If by pre-installed software, you mean any other than what came with the machine like a word processor or other "personal" software yes you will have to have the installation material for them.


Your welcome. If at any point you have any questions please don't hesitate to post back for clarification.


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13 Jan 2014   #47
Duckmanfoo

windows 7 x64
 
 

Can I get some help with my computers hard drive too??

It is ALWAYS writing (or reading) while my computer is idle...

Thanks for the help!!!

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14 Jan 2014   #48
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

You do not offer much information about your machine and why you think it is running all the time, a good place to start would be filling out your system specs. System Info - See Your System Specs the Indexing service, and your Anti-Virus application would be two places to check.

Have you read through this entire thread and tried any of the suggestions? You could try Process Monitor. Please include the logs from Process Monitor and screenshots when you start your new thread.

You have one other thread from 3 and a quarter years ago and you did the same thing there as here; posted a question without much information. You would do much better if you started a new thread and included as much information as you can, no matter how insignificant you think it may be.
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