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hdd slowing down a lot

#1HeiedonoPosted 8/19/2013 8:34:37 AM
Only with opening certain applications and such, especially loading screens for games. Like, a whole minute at a loading screen. I believe it's a WD....blue? 500GB 7200rpm.
I would have to guess it's my RAM being so small capacity but it wasn't this slow a couple weeks ago.
I doubt it's malware at work, but when my free trial antivirus ran out I just went windows defender, so....yeah.

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#2Heiedono(Topic Creator)Posted 8/19/2013 10:43:35 AM
halp/suggestions?
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#3Master_BassPosted 8/19/2013 10:45:54 AM
Is Windows set to defrag your HDD automatically? It probably is if you didn't mess with it, but you might want to check that out.
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#4IronSasquatchPosted 8/19/2013 10:46:26 AM
Just get a good malware/virus scanner and check that first, to be sure. If that's not it, defragment your hard drive and make sure you delete anything you don't need anymore. Just out of curiosity, how much space do you have left on your HDD?
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#5MasterDonGeroPosted 8/19/2013 10:46:30 AM
Have you defragmented recently?
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#6Heiedono(Topic Creator)Posted 8/20/2013 12:26:29 PM
Well it says it defrags every wednesday at 1AM, which it is usually on at that time.
I have about 15GB left on the disk.
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#7Fade2black001Posted 8/20/2013 12:51:21 PM
FYI defragging does not increase performance. I had an 80% fragmented drive once on an older system. It took 32 hours to defrag it. After it was done nothing changed. Everything was running the same as it was before.
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#8JKatarnPosted 8/20/2013 2:05:50 PM
Fade2black001 posted...
FYI defragging does not increase performance. I had an 80% fragmented drive once on an older system. It took 32 hours to defrag it. After it was done nothing changed. Everything was running the same as it was before.


Actually it does: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defragmenting

With 80% fragmentation I'm guessing that Hard-Drive was just about completely full, and mechanical hard drives tend to slow to a standstill as you fill them close to their capacity as the read/write heads have to do more work/sort through more file fragments to load files etc.
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#9NingishzidaPosted 8/20/2013 2:14:18 PM
Fade2black001 posted...
FYI defragging does not increase performance.


lol

also, a value of certain defraggers lies in the ability to position files on the outer part of the platter.

makes a huge diff.
#10RequiemPosted 8/20/2013 2:16:28 PM
Heiedono posted...

I have about 15GB left on the disk.


That's probably why.
I suggest that you delete or move some stuff onto an external hdd and free up some space.
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