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Windows 7: Help win 7 x64 running extremely slow suddenly.

04 Oct 2009   #11
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Go to Control Panel\System and Security\Action Center\Reliability Monitor and see if there is any suspicious activity.


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04 Oct 2009   #12
mobow

Windows 7
 
 

Is it possible this is caused by the same issue that causes the installation to be slow? In that case it was the floppy drive that was enabled in the BIOS. Try this.
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13 Oct 2009   #13
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Well I've figured out the problem. My HDD is damaged. I guess thats why its been running so inconsistently. It's been doing it for a few weeks but just today I got a message on startup saying it has detected an error and failure is imenent. Then once windows started I got a message saying "Windows detected a hard disk problem" "Back up your files immediately to prevent information loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk" I checked and my 1 year warranty expired back in may.

So I guess I need to buy a new drive now. Anyone have any suggestions? I know SSD's are becoming more common and affordable. What are the benefits to an SSD over a typical HDD? I dont want to spend alot of money, not more than about $140. I dont need a huge capacity cause I've got external drives for all my multimedia etc.
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14 Oct 2009   #14
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
...I dont want to spend alot of money, not more than about $140. I dont need a huge capacity cause I've got external drives for all my multimedia etc.
Then an SSD is out of the question. Aside from spending a huge about of money and still getting great performance, Western Digital Caviar Black; 750 GB; 7200 RPM; 32 MB cache; $80. Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Can find out lower priced drives, but be sure to get one with as much cache memory on the drive possible! If you think you need something faster, 150 GB; 10000 RPM; Raptor Drive is $180. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136296
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14 Oct 2009   #15
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
"Im EATING your HDD".

Slowdown in systems are usually caused by 3 problems - assuming no infection.

1) Lack of RAM - probably not in your case -- RAM shortage shows up most accutely when trying to run more VM's than you should on a small machine.

2) Too many apps running at once - probably not an issue either on W7 -- you would be surprised at how many you con run concurrently even on a 1GB machine - especilally if it's only browsing, email, office type apps, music. Gaming is another issue but if a game works reasonably then it won't suddenly cause the whole system to stop.

3) Indexing and AV software. Check to see if your HDD light is on. If this is solidly on then "Houston we have a problem".

My remark that I've posted elsewhere is that home strength (as opposed to corporate server type) AV software is a 100% total waste of time and system resources. You are better off chucking it and usiing your computer intelligently.

It's not the SYSTEM but it's the USER whose the problem

If its indexing let it run through - but as the indexing algorithm in W7 is excellent I would suspect your AV software as the biggest candidate in causing system slowdown.

Be very careful in assuming a HDD is damaged -- these are actually very robust these days --- they DO fail but unless you spill coffee on them or drop them modern (internal) disks rarely fail -- average MTBF is of the order of 100,000's of hours.

(In any case hard disk problem or not ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM)


CHKDSK it and re-format (full) with NTFS. Windows sometimes says a HDD is damaged because of a corrupt file - and this can happen not because of a defect in the hardware but an OS crash, switching off W7 suddenly, unplugging a usb disk before copy has completed etc etc.

If you have to get a new disk ensure its SATA with at least 7200 RPM and a decent sized cache. There's some really good fastish 1.5 TB disks available quite cheaply -- 130 USD / 80 EUR plus tax -- good time to buy HDD's as people start moving toward SSD's. HDD's will still be around for many many years yet.

Cheers
jimbo.
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14 Oct 2009   #16
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
...I dont want to spend alot of money, not more than about $140. I dont need a huge capacity cause I've got external drives for all my multimedia etc.
Then an SSD is out of the question. Aside from spending a huge about of money and still getting great performance, Western Digital Caviar Black; 750 GB; 7200 RPM; 32 MB cache; $80. Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Can find out lower priced drives, but be sure to get one with as much cache memory on the drive possible! If you think you need something faster, 150 GB; 10000 RPM; Raptor Drive is $180. Newegg.com - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Well I've found a couple 60 and 64gb SSDs for around 150-175. Like I said, i dont need alot of space, just enough to install the o.s. and some other programs and a little room for school work. I have external drives for music multimedia etc. I just want to know if there is a benifit to an SSD vs. HDD, I dont do any gaming or anything, but I do some editing and rendering with Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier. Would one make a difference in these situations or would a 7200rpm HDD suffice?
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14 Oct 2009   #17
wakeboardr116

Windows 7 Professional x64 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Jimbo45, I've ran a check disk (took over a day to complete) and completly reformated the drive and installed a clean copy of 7 with no additional software and it still runs slow at times. I'm pretty sure it is a mechanical problem cause when its running sometimes it will sound weird and make some pretty loud noises compared to a HDD running smoothly.
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14 Oct 2009   #18
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
Jimbo45, I've ran a check disk (took over a day to complete) and completly reformated the drive and installed a clean copy of 7 with no additional software and it still runs slow at times. I'm pretty sure it is a mechanical problem cause when its running sometimes it will sound weird and make some pretty loud noises compared to a HDD running smoothly.
Those noises should cause you to conclude that this is a hard drive issue. You might try CPUID to see what your hard drive temperature is. Sometimes a drive just goes bad, but sometimes we helped it.
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15 Oct 2009   #19
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wakeboardr116 View Post
Well I've found a couple 60 and 64gb SSDs for around 150-175. Like I said, i dont need alot of space, just enough to install the o.s. and some other programs and a little room for school work. I have external drives for music multimedia etc. I just want to know if there is a benifit to an SSD vs. HDD, I dont do any gaming or anything, but I do some editing and rendering with Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier. Would one make a difference in these situations or would a 7200rpm HDD suffice?
I don't really know anything about Sony Vegas or Adobe Premier, I assume those two will be working with large files. But will they be writing lots of big and small files to the main drive? While a SSD drive will be fast a lot faster then any HDD, they come with a price. Lots of writing and erasing will kill an SSD. So you want to take that into consideration and the programs you use.
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15 Oct 2009   #20
Lomaaaz

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - XP Pro. Sp3
 
 

if u r using laptop u hould use the high performance power plan it might slow ur pc if u didnt but it wil eat ur battery so fast so use it when u plug it in ac
also u may want to use microsoft security essentials
its safe and very light
good luck
also try to delete temp folder
try to disable all uneeded startup programs
also defragment ur hard disk
from winkey+r rigth temp select all then delet
and also prefetch as tha same
but dont delet eady boot folder
open this folder after showing hidden files and system files
C:\Users\-ur user folder-\AppData\Local\Temp
dont worry nothing bad
n good luck
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