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Windows 7: Severe HDD bottleneck on laptop


14 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Severe HDD bottleneck on laptop

According to a benchmark I ran on my laptop, the HDD is only getting a read speed of 1 MBps... that is literally a third of my internet download speed... The laptop is also VERY slow to boot up, and load anything off the HDD...

Specs of laptop:

8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD 16MB cache SATA2
Intel Core i7 740 QM
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1 GB
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition SP1

Is there anything I can do about this aside from replacing the HDD (definitely going for an SSD if I have to though)?


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14 Sep 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

Have you checked for disk fragmentation? Have you tried to run a chkdsk?

Regards,
Golden
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14 Sep 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
According to a benchmark I ran on my laptop, the HDD is only getting a read speed of 1 MBps... that is literally a third of my internet download speed... The laptop is also VERY slow to boot up, and load anything off the HDD...

Specs of laptop:

8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD 16MB cache SATA2
Intel Core i7 740 QM
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1 GB
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition SP1

Is there anything I can do about this aside from replacing the HDD (definitely going for an SSD if I have to though)?
First run chkdsk from an elevated command prompt.
run chkdsk on ALL "drives"

2nd. Using the Windows Defragmenter, defragment your drives.

General advice:
When running a disk check program or
when running a defragmenter program,
then
Do nothing else. Just sit back and wait. Watch a ballgame or whatever.

Go To an Elevated Command Prompt


Elevated command prompt = Run CMD.EXE as administrator

WIN | type CMD.EXE | do not hit Enter |
in the PROGRAMS list, right-click on CMD.EXE |
choose "Run as administrator" |

Click on the YES button (if such appears)

WIN key = key with Microsoft log on top

for the guru:
WIN | type CMD.EXE | CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER key combo | ALT+Y keycombo

========================================

This is the chkdsk command you need:
CHKDSK X: /R
where you substitute your actual "drive" letter of X

======================================
To run win 7 defragmenter:
WIN | type Disk Defrag | ENTER
WIN = key with Microsoft logo on top

Let us know when you have completed both of these.
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15 Sep 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Check the smart status of the disk with Crystal Disk Info
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15 Sep 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

OldMX,

Another way of checking the S.M.A.R.T status is with SPECCY. Since many people already have Speccy installed, then I'm fond of using Speccy.

SPECCY | expand Hard Drive

Here is an example of the use:
Severe HDD bottleneck on laptop-smart-data.png


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16 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

Nice, I wasnt aware of speccy being that complete, thanks Karl!
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