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Windows 7: windows unresponsive and slow while disk activity

11 Mar 2010   #1
stevena1991

windows 7 professional x64
 
 
windows unresponsive and slow while disk activity

I am using HP probook 4310s, it got T9600 2.8Ghz, 4gb DDR3 , and 500gb wd hard disk with windows 7 professional x64. The problem is Whenever there is a disk activity such as copying a file or extracting a winrar everything will freeze until those copying or extracting is finished.

Any1 got the same problem?...any idea to fix this?...


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11 Mar 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevena1991 View Post
I am using HP probook 4310s, it got T9600 2.8Ghz, 4gb DDR3 , and 500gb wd disk with windows 7 professional x64. The problem is Whenever there is a disk activity such as copying a file or extracting a winrar everything will freeze until those copying or extracting is finished.

Any1 got the same problem?...any idea to fix this?...
Was this an "upgrade" or clean install?

What does event viewer say? ( type eventvwr in search) look in windows log application log. see if there are any critical errors, that say app hang, app crash, etc.

Let us knwo the event ID and source code


Ken
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11 Mar 2010   #3
stevena1991

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevena1991 View Post
I am using HP probook 4310s, it got T9600 2.8Ghz, 4gb DDR3 , and 500gb wd disk with windows 7 professional x64. The problem is Whenever there is a disk activity such as copying a file or extracting a winrar everything will freeze until those copying or extracting is finished.

Any1 got the same problem?...any idea to fix this?...
Was this an "upgrade" or clean install?

What does event viewer say? ( type eventvwr in search) look in windows log application log. see if there are any critical errors, that say app hang, app crash, etc.

Let us knwo the event ID and source code


Ken
i just clean install the laptop as the problem really bothers me. i'll see if it still exist.
is it possible that the cause is the media of the installation as i download the windows 7 iso from digital river content?...
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11 Mar 2010   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

What antivirus are you running if any?
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11 Mar 2010   #5
stevena1991

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

I got eset nod32.
So the problem still exist, i was working on my assignment while downloading a 1gb file. suddenly the microsoft word stop responding while the download manager rebuild the 1gb file and the ms word respond again after right after the download manager finished rebuilding the file.
This thing really bothers me, i cant do any multitask which involve heavy disk activity. Plz help.
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11 Mar 2010   #6
howetechnical

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

You may want to try some hardware diagnostic software, such as Seagate's SeaTools just for the hard drive, found here:

| Seagate

and BurnInTest for everything else, such as RAM, etc, found here and is free for 30 days:

PassMark BurnInTest software - PC Reliability and Load Testing
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11 Mar 2010   #7
stevena1991

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by howetechnical View Post
You may want to try some hardware diagnostic software, such as Seagate's SeaTools just for the hard drive, found here:

| Seagate

and BurnInTest for everything else, such as RAM, etc, found here and is free for 30 days:

PassMark BurnInTest software - PC Reliability and Load Testing
Thx...I'll try that and change the antivirus...
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12 Mar 2010   #8
howetechnical

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevena1991 View Post

Thx...I'll try that and change the antivirus...
I wouldn't change the antivirus. Nod32 is a great one, and is gaining a heck of a lot of good buzz in the tech world. I actually implemented the client-server edition of Nod32 on the corporation workstations that I'm IT manager for (400+ workstations and 30 servers) after trying out both Norton and Trend Micro's client-server solutions, and Nod32 out performed both by a long shot.

I would also, however, keep Malwarebytes installed. It's fantastic for getting rid of anything that slips through the cracks that Nod32 (or any other AV software) may miss. Remember, Nod32 is a virus/malware prevention and removal tool, where as Malwarebytes is strictly for removal (it doesn't stop anything from being installed).
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12 Mar 2010   #9
stevena1991

windows 7 professional x64
 
 

Changed nod32 to free avast, so far so good...will update again if it's really fixed...thanks guys...
btw will i see any improvement in performance if i change my c2d T9600 2.8ghz laptop to a laptop with i5 processor?...
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13 Mar 2010   #10
howetechnical

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Just so you know, again, Nod32 is a far better choice than avast (or any free alternative). It has almost no footprint on the system, and scans effortlessly in the background.

As for the slow installs and disk activity, I had the exact same thing on my 1TB WD hard drive. I am even running 8GB of 1066MHz RAM, overclocked AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.6GHz per core, and an NVidia GeForce 9800GTX+, and still the disk activity (such as installing, uninstalling, even opening my browser and files) was painfully slow. I found out that WD's newer hard drives utilize 4kb sector technology, so if you simply cloned an older hard drive onto a new WD one, you might want to check to see if your drive has 4kb sectors (do a search for your model number and "4kb sectors"). Also if you're running Windows XP it will do the same thing since Windows XP doesn't know how to handle 4k instead of the 512b used previously. The good news is you can download a utility on WD's website that aligns the drive to the new format without losing data. The process takes a few hours (at least it did on my 1TB drive), but it fixed everything up for me.

Just do a google search for "Western digital align utility".
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