Hard drive slow

By bruler1230 ·
Hard drive makes weird noise and runs slow. It pauses a lot like it is trying to catch up or something. Does this sound familiar to anyone??

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Depends what this HDD is attached to ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Hard drive slow

I doubt if it's just a HDD sitting there on its own, connected to a power source.

So - assuming there is a computer in the mix somewhere I have to wonder WHAT computer it is attached to, what operating system this computer is running with, what type of HDD it is (IDE or SATA), how long it has been attached to this computer (how old the HDD is), when it was last defragged, and if the operating system throws up any error messages on-screen that are in any way related to the hard drive/file system.

Other than the above, I couldn't possibly say with any degree of certainty.

OTHER THAN to say that this HDD might be showing signs of impending death. If it is, and you have any data files (documents, music, photo files etc) that you would rather not lose - I suggest you save these files off to CD/DVD or another hard drive/thumb drive, before you perhaps lose them for good. :)

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slow hard drive

by bruler1230 In reply to Depends what this HDD is ...

This laptop is less than six months old. Its running windows xp, it is a SATA hdd. No erroe messages.

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Defragging can be required within six DAYS ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to slow hard drive

So this laptop being less than six months old is no disclaimer from it requiring the hard drive to be defragmented.

The size of the hard drive is also a consideration. All Windows systems require that 20% of the hard drive remain as free space. For optimum performance this free space should be contiguous space - that is, free space that is not broken up into chunks scattered around the hard drive. Defragmenting is the only way to assure that the free space is indeed contiguous.

What state is your hard drive in, both in terms of free space AND fragmentation ?

You could also check in Task Manager whenever the hard drive appears to be slowing down, to check if any particular Process is taking up CPU Cycles - it may not be your hard drive that is the culprit in this slowdown.

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slow hard drive

by bruler1230 In reply to Defragging can be require ...

If not the hard drive, what could it be? Is it a memory issue?

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RAM isn't capable of making any "weird noise" - so ....

by OldER Mycroft In reply to slow hard drive

If you've got ANY sort of noise coming from the laptop is is not coming from the RAM - it is solid state and has no moving parts.

The only source of mechanical noise in a computer would be the hard drive, the optical drive, and the fans dotted around the system (intake, exhaust, cpu, graphics).

Silly question #1:
You don't happen to have a CD/DVD sitting in the optical drive, do you? They make a lot of noise if they inhabit the optical drive during start-up and tend to slow things down a bit.

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being new does not mean that it

by Sue T In reply to slow hard drive

isn't a bad hard drive. you said it makes noises, what kind of noises? clicking, grinding, etc. also if the laptop is only 6 months old it should still be under warranty so you might want to contact the seller. If you have another hard drive I would probably put that in the laptop and see if the problems go away.

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by Snuffy09 In reply to being new does not mean t ...

I would act quick so that you can still RMA it and collect on the Warranty.

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Agree with the other responses

by The Scummy One In reply to slow hard drive

if it is the HDD making noise, it could be a bad one. The HDD is one of the most faulty components in a computer (moving parts and all).
Since it is slowing down and then playing catch-up, likely it is dealing with read errors. If this is the case, the drive is likely to fail.
However, it may not fail, it may just need cleaning up. Backup your data before continuing. After the backup run chkdsk /f or open explorer, R. click on the drive and select properties. go to tools and select scandisk. Place both checkmarks to try recovery/fix.
If there are errors, it should have fixed them, if they are fixable. If they were not fixable, you may need to rebuild the disk or replace the disk.
If it fixed errors, run defragment.
you should be in good order now, if the disk is in good order. If not, you may need to send it in for warranty repair.

If you send it in for warranty repair, do not keep your data on the drive. Check your backups, and remove the data from your hard drive.

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Something ive noticed

by Slayer_ In reply to slow hard drive

Laptop HDD's always seem to be crazy slow compared to their desktop counterparts, I am not entirely sure why as I am told that Laptop HDD's run at the same RPM's as Desktop HDD's. But every laptop I've ever owned, even my current one, is significantly slower.
I've tried it by copying 2 gig files, the Laptop is Sata, the Desktop is IDE, the desktop, finished copying its file in about half the time.

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Hardly an accurate comparison ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Something ive noticed

You can't just compare the copying of a 2GB file by saying the laptop HDD is SATA and the desktop is IDE and XXXXX was the result.

That's hardly fair on either system.

You'd have to ensure completely consistent accuracy between both systems: CPU, FSB, RAM (size , speed, both same DDR ?), HDD RPM, HDD Maker, HDD Model, HDD formats and state of fragmentation on both, Operating System identical ?

For a start - the laptop HDD would be 2.5" cooled via a metal caddy assembly, whereas the desktop would be 3.5" cooled via enforced throughput of air provided by the case fans.

A hot HDD will always run slower than a cool HDD.

Not fair !!

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