HD moving upstream in a river of molasses
Hi guys, I'm putting this in the hardware forum but it may be something else that's the problem so I guess I'll just see what jumps out at me first.
The problem I'm having at present is a duplicate of one I suffered in February which caused me so much grief.
I didn't find an acceptable answer then but I did manage to get things moving by buying and installing a new hard drive.
So: here we go.
The computer, a desktop one with Win 7 installed, has 3 hard drives. Had 3 drives, may be a better description but more on that later.
For no apparent reason when I started it up one morning around a week ago it took forever to load up. I mean in excess of 3 hours. From that point everything that I tried to do such as open a file or a programme (I'm English) took substantial times to open, in fact trying to move the cursor from one side of the screen to another took 90 minutes and was completed in moves of around half an inch at a time before freezing again.
I have an up to date antivirus (Kaspersky) as well as malwarebytes. I haven't installed anything recently, or even removed anything that could have left stuff in the registry.
I have run a Ram check and nothing shows as a problem there. I have booted directly from a Kaspersky startup disc to check for boot virus activity but this is all clean. I did the same thing with AVG startup disc to double check.
I have tried to do a Restore, a Last Known Good Configuration, and also a Repair from a Windows disc to one of the hard drives but this doesn't cure anything.
Now, for those who are already ahead of me, this same thing happens on each of the drives I try to boot from so it appears to be non hard drive related.
Actually, getting back to the 3 hard drives, on one reboot the one I used as my normal primary went missing from the system and the computer went through a complete file check removing apparent dead links that related to the missing drive from the other drives.
I have now installed a new windows 7 onto one of the drives. I didn't mean to, I just loaded the Win7 disc to do another system check from a DOS prompt but as it took so long to load the disc I fell asleep and it installed the new Windows by default.
So, the new system is still the same. Naturally it hasn't had any other devices set up on this drive so no conflict of drivers is likely. Nevertheless it's still no better.
I'm thinking it has more to do with hardware for this reason. As I said, the RAM checks out OK.
I guess a dodgy processor would just not work at all. Maybe I'm wrong but I'm sure you'll let me know. What would be the result of a CMOS battery being almost done for? Could that be the problem, or not?
I've gone to the expense of buying a motherboard bundle today with processor, ram etc and am likely to just install them but before I do I thought I'd throw this to the forum to see if it hits home with anyone. I'd still rather get this system working and perhaps, just maybe, get my hard drive back from the land of the dead, especially since this was the new one I fitted in February and has most of my useful stuff on it.
Any ideas guys n'gals
Added when remembered of importance.
Thinking back, when I had this same problem in February it wasn't so much to do with a slow computer, I just lost without any reason my primary hard drive. I could still access the other drives and managed to salvage some stuff from them that related to files I made as backups.
I still got the dreaded startup CHKDSK which threw out loads of stuff from God knows where. It took a whole night to complete on the 1st occasion but that wasn't the end of it.
It did the same thing each time I restarted the computer and seemed to find thousands more dead links/files etc each time.
I did a fsc scannow and other stuff at the time, as well as loads of other recommended things that I read about on various forums, to see if that threw any light on the situation but it didn't.
At least I got pretty normal access to the remaining drives although the dead hard drive at that time never recovered to my knowledge.
I fitted the new one on the same SATA connection so I wonder..............
The importance of chkdsk and backups
I'm glad you solved your problem, Lynnzer (well done!), but I'm disturbed by you skipping chkdsk.
Originally Posted by Lynnzer
Chkdsk fixes low-level file errors on your disk. If you're repeatedly skipping it, you're letting these errors accrue and piling error on top of error over time. One type of disk error is 'cross-linked files', where part of a file's contents will be read from a completely unrelated file. Something you obviously want to avoid. Chkdsk doesn't 'trash things', it discovers already trashed files and fixes them as best it can before things get even worse. Skipping chkdsk every time it tries to run will result eventually in you noticing some of your data files are corrupt when it's too late. Or Windows will die from it's component files being damaged.
I'm thinking your disk might be formatted as FAT32. When my disk was FAT32 I'd frequently have corrupt files deleted by chkdsk (even the entire Windows drawer one time, eek!). If this is the case, I strongly suggest you convert your disk to the much more stable NTFS file system, I guarantee you'll never look back!
Since you're worried about files getting trashed, I'm also thinking you lack a backup procedure. It is a must. One day your hard disk will die, forever (it might have come close this time). Or you'll need a file which was accidentally deleted, removed by chkdsk, or corrupted by a malfunctioning program. No backup, and wave goodbye to your data. But a few minutes a week backing up and you're sweet. The three rules of computing: Backup, backup, backup.
You could buy an external hard drive for around a hundred bucks. That's cheap insurance. You could then back up with a nice free partition backup program such as Easeus Todo Backup.