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    Darn Sluggish Computer

    My computer was running poorly so after doing the usual, e.g. ccleaner, defrag, virus and malware scans and coming up with

    nothing I decided to reboot and then check the Event Explorer logs. I came up with the following error message:

    "The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume C:.

    I've run chkdsk several times now and the error continues to appear and my computer is still sluggish. Anyone know, first, whether or not that type of error could cause the sluggishness I'm experiencing and, second, how to find out whether or not the error is real and, if so, how to fix it???

    The system is Windows XP SP3. I've been using it for umpteen years and, yes, I know it needs more RAM and it's obsolete but I've got Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines and I never had a problem like this. The machine went from good to crawling. So I thought I'd broach it out here to see if anyone has a solution..

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    Could be worth running a scan with a solid anti malware scanner such as the free version of MBAM or ESET Online Scanner as something must have corrupted the system.

    Run chkdsk in read-only mode without any switches and see if it reports any bad sectors.
    Last edited by Sudo; 2014-08-14 at 18:09.

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    I've run chkdsk several times now and the error continues to appear and my computer is still sluggish
    Have a hard drive SMART analysis tool like CrystalDiskInfo, or Hard Disk Sentinel to check the drive's health.
    If you have a WD drive, use this.

    A new drive, if needed, along with a clean install of XP will make it feel like a new operating system again.
    Then create a drive image and you'll be able to keep using it for umpteen more years.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2014-08-14 at 23:40.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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