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Windows 7: System hangs by higher HDD Activity!! Please Help!?

09 Nov 2010   #11
Gracy123

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
Please try clean boot.
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
You said, you use no antivirus, eh? Have you tried running some scans as some threats tend to slow down your system. If not, then before you do clean boot, download MBAM, update and do full scan. Also, i'd like to see a snip of your all running processes.
Just downloaded MBAM - will try it, but I doubt there is any malware - the system is clean installed (yesterday) and I am very aware of what programs I run and install Wouldn't harm to run it though.

Find attached a list of all currently running processes (~80).

P.s. I just started MBAM - while it is scanning the behavior is the same - Opera working just fine, IE and skype hanging.......




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09 Nov 2010   #12
Gracy123

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Funny story - decided to experiment with other programs:

At the moment have MBAM scanning the harddrive AND copying 12 GB from D to E at the same time!

* Opera - works perfect
* IE - hangs
* Skype - hangs
* Firefox - don't even want to start it - it will hang for sure
* MS Office works fine with small or no delay (opened a few .doc)
* Acrobat Reader working fine (opened a few .pdf)
* Browsing pictures also works fine with very small delay


Do you think this is a normal behavior by heavy HDD load?
I'm a bit confused now what I should take for normal...
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09 Nov 2010   #13
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Do all the stuffs you want you mentioned above without starting any data transfer and see if all works perfect or not.
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09 Nov 2010   #14
Gracy123

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
Do all the stuffs you want you mentioned above without starting any data transfer and see if all works perfect or not.
I do that min 8 hours every day - they all work perfectly when there is no data transfer in the background

MBAM found no infected objects.
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09 Nov 2010   #15
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Do a boot time defrag with Puran Defrag utility on system drive and normal defrag on other drives. Go to it's options or something similar tab and select 'Boost overall system performance'.
Have you ran chkdsk?
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09 Nov 2010   #16
Gracy123

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
Do a boot time defrag with Puran Defrag utility on system drive and normal defrag on other drives. Go to it's options or something similar tab and select 'Boost overall system performance'.
Have you ran chkdsk?
I just ran boot time defrag with Perfect Disk last night together with normal defragmentation of all partitions. I do that on regular basis.

I did check the HDD with chkdsk as well as with other tools (Vaio Hardware Diagnostic utility, etc.) - no issues found. SMART is also OK for all parameters. HD Tune determines a typical speed for the drive - Max 104 MB/sec, average ~80 MB/sec.
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09 Nov 2010   #17
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Hmmm... Interesting.. So, it seems, there's no software related problem. It's the hardware i.e. your HDD. You should contact your vendor and get it replaced if it's under warranty. Alternatively, if you don't mind another OS re-install, you should try it but follow the steps in the tutorial below. Have your all data backed up as it'll wipe the whole drive.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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09 Nov 2010   #18
Gracy123

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EzioAuditore View Post
Hmmm... Interesting.. So, it seems, there's no software related problem. It's the hardware i.e. your HDD. You should contact your vendor and get it replaced if it's under warranty. Alternatively, if you don't mind another OS re-install, you should try it but follow the steps in the tutorial below. Have your all data backed up as it'll wipe the whole drive.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
I think you haven't read my first post completely - I cloned my entire HDD to another one (5400RPM) and tried from there - same behavior...

It still seems to me it is a software problem as when the OS is absolutely fresh it is not noticable... and as you can see only with some software for some reason. I suspect drivers or software conflict... really strange.
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09 Nov 2010   #19
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Well, if it runs fine after fresh install and happens only after some software installations then in that case, clean boot may help in finding the culprit. Have u tried clean boot?
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09 Nov 2010   #20
Packet

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've been fretting over slow disk access myself of late - which in turn led me to check the usual suspects... so if I may, here are my suggestions:

1. Is the BIOS set to SATA or IDE emulation? I know you mentioned you have SATA drivers, but still. (Note: if you change it in the BIOS without adjusting the registry as needed, you will not be able to boot up)

2. Since you have the Intel RST stuff installed, have you enabled the write caches through RST / device manager on the drives?

3. Does RST report NCQ enabled, etc?

4. Did you change the performance role - ie, background vs. foreground apps?

5. Drive alignment - since you mentioned you have cloned the drives, just wondering if the drive offset did not get done
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