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    HowTo Check HDD and RAM

    A friend of mine has a Win7 Home Premium 64-bit desktop which has slowed to a crawl. I've run several checks for malware which didn't find anything, run System Repair and System Restore to no avail. Task Manager shows 1% CPU utilization, although the hard drive indicator shows almost continuous activity. I'm starting to think there's a hardware problem. Are there any diagnostic tools I can use to check the hard drive and the RAM, that can either run within Safe Mode or from a bootable CD?

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    Hi JJ, there's a host of testing tools and instructions, some of which run from a bootable USB stick, here: http://carrona.org/diag.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJDetroit View Post
    I'm starting to think there's a hardware problem. Are there any diagnostic tools I can use to check the hard drive
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    Hello... Here is one that i have .... there is a trial so you could download and see what's "sup" HdSentinel Another is HWmonitor Free Regards Fred
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    Along with the above HDSentinel, mentioned by Fred, use your Windows 7 DVD disk, or create a boot disk, and run a checkdisk from a command prompt.
    If you are concerned with RAM you can also run theWindows memory diagnostic tool, or memtest86.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJDetroit View Post
    A friend of mine has a Win7 Home Premium 64-bit desktop which has slowed to a crawl. I've run several checks for malware which didn't find anything, run System Repair and System Restore to no avail. Task Manager shows 1% CPU utilization, although the hard drive indicator shows almost continuous activity. I'm starting to think there's a hardware problem. Are there any diagnostic tools I can use to check the hard drive and the RAM, that can either run within Safe Mode or from a bootable CD?
    Install and run CCleaner. It will show you all of the startup items. Go through all startup categories, and disable all except what you absolutely need. For example, you probably don't need anything from HP that loads on startup.

    Also, in Internet Explorer, disable Browser Helper Objects -- go to Tools / Internet Options / Advanced. In the Browsing section, uncheck Enable third-party browser extensions.

    Unless you have some malware, these two steps will help a lot.

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