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Windows 7: Right-click on desktop takes forever

28 Feb 2011   #21
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

OK. As per that Disk Check tutorial that Greg posted, you really want to be running chkdsk /R

The /R option analyses physical disk errors, and attempts to recover information from the bad sectors. This is why your system is so slow : I suspect some critical files, or parts of files, are located across these bad sectors.

I take it you are still running the read-only chkdsk, so don't interrupt that, but once you are done you really want to run chkdsk /R.

Also, can you post the image of the Crystal Disk info that you ran (maybe run it again when you get the chance) : its easier to see what the problems with the disk are in graphical format.

Post back here if you want me to explain further.

Regards,
Golden


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28 Feb 2011   #22
Alvin93

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the explanation Golden, I don't really hope much with this read-only CHKDSK taking 20+ hours just to get to 5%.

Sorry for being pessimistic but when I let it do CHKDSK after the Windows logo (you know what I mean right?) it wasn't making any progress for about 5+ hours. I wanted it to finish while I sleep but I forgot to plug it into AC Power so it finished prematurely. I'll just back up the files inside and see if my wallet allows me to get a new HDD + Windows 7...

I'll post the CrystalDisk image later when this CHKDSK session finishes. Maybe for another 24hours... :frown:
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28 Feb 2011   #23
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Yeah....unfortunately, the disk is probably so bad it will take some time to do.....worth leaving it a while to see if it gets through, but you must do the /R option next time, or it wont try to fix anything.

Easiest solution is a new HDD if you can affored it.
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28 Feb 2011   #24
gregrocker

 

I find the best time to do routine testing and maintenance of the HD is at reinstalls. Run maker's HD diagnostics/repair utility extended scan, followed by chkdsk. Then wipe the HD.

This is also a good time to test your RAM, so you go into a fresh install confident of your hardware.
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08 Mar 2011   #25
Alvin93

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

OKay then, one last question. I'm planning to buy a new HDD to replace this one. Since I need another external I'm going to repair this one and make it external. If I just copy all the contents inside this old HDD to my new HDD including the Windows, will I get the counterfeit-OS notice? Should I buy a new Windows just because I'm changing my HDD?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I forgot to tell that I'm using a laptop. When I bought this I didn't get a Windows 7 installer DVD, I just got a recovery partition pre-installed inside the disk.
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08 Mar 2011   #26
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Alvin,

No : you do not need to buy a new copy of Windows.

Copy your old data out to an external disk, and then once you put in the new disk, do a fresh install of Windows from your Windows DVD to the new disk. Follow the same procedure for your programs.

Regards,
Golden
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08 Mar 2011   #27
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

"Copy your old data out to an external disk, and then once you put in the new disk, do a fresh install of Windows from your Windows DVD to the new disk. Follow the same procedure for your programs."

I believe Alvin said he does not have a Windows Install DVD - just a recovery partition. If I am not mistaken, this model has the ability to burn a full set of recovery DVD's. That ability should be in the HP Software currently on board. If you can actually get the system booted up, it might be worth a try to first create these and then use them to rebuild your new HD. By the way, if your current system has a 5400rpm HD then I would replace it with the same rpm HD.
Cheers
JohnnyA
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08 Mar 2011   #28
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnnya View Post
I believe Alvin said he does not have a Windows Install DVD - just a recovery partition.
Thanks Johny. Good pick-up, I had a quick scan back through the thread to see if it was an OEM, but missed that bit.
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08 Mar 2011   #29
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Good to see you Golden. I hope the OP can create a set of recovery DVD's
Cheers
JohnnyA
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08 Mar 2011   #30
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Mmm....I wonder what would happen if its not possible to create the recovery disks? Surely there must be a way to extract the recovery partition to a new disk?

Regards,
Golden
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