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Old 11-28-2006, 07:09 AM   #1
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Angry I should Have known.....(help would be great!!)

Ok so I got a Gateway GT5252...

and recently It seems like the harddrive is constantly at 100% no matter what I am doing, I leave it on occasionally over night and when I wake up its off (power options should never turn it off) and or if its not off the only thing thats still going is the harddrive... seek times are rediculous, everything I try to do is a hassle. it takes forever to do anything if it lets you and doesnt cancel the app before it opens, it took forever to open firefox on that comp so im on my laptop, and thats when firefox opens and doesnt lock up. I really have no idea what it could be...I KNOW its not a power issue i put a 500W power supply in...anybody have any idea whats going on, Im thinking about just wiping the whole thing out and trying on my own from scratch but I dont think that will fix the HD errors...

My event log sayson one of the errors) The device detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk\2\D

anyhelp would be great

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2 Gigs of ram
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: I should Have known.....(help would be great!!)

Have ya ran a test on the harddrive? You can download this from the manufacturers website?
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:07 AM   #3
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do you have norton a/v by chance, i've seen that cause this problem many time at work, especially if norton gets corrupted somehow. good luck getting it figured out, chances are a w/r would fix it as long as the hard drive isn't bad. make sure to do a slow format if you reinstall.
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:19 AM   #4
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Check in Task Manager. Is there anything that takes 100% of the CPU? That application may do the same for the hard drive.
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:31 AM   #5
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I would do this.

1.go to start,run,cmd,chkdsk /f

click yes to let it restart and run the check

2. go to start, programs,accessories, system tools, disk defragmentor

Let that run over night ( it usually takes a while)

if your computer shuts down, and you cant finish the defrag.

Uninstall your current virus software, and download and install and update this

AVG antivirus
http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Vir...g=pop.software

DO A FULL SCAN

then download install and update these

Spybot
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Searc....html?tag=list

Ad-aware
http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-...g=pop.software

Do a full scan with BOTH programs

Then try to defrag again.. if you haven't already

Good Luck
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:11 AM   #6
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Default Re: I should Have known.....(help would be great!!)

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Check in Task Manager. Is there anything that takes 100% of the CPU? That application may do the same for the hard drive.
nothing there...

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do you have norton a/v by chance, i've seen that cause this problem many time at work, especially if norton gets corrupted somehow. good luck getting it figured out, chances are a w/r would fix it as long as the hard drive isn't bad. make sure to do a slow format if you reinstall.
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I would do this.

1.go to start,run,cmd,chkdsk /f

click yes to let it restart and run the check

2. go to start, programs,accessories, system tools, disk defragmentor

Let that run over night ( it usually takes a while)

if your computer shuts down, and you cant finish the defrag.

Uninstall your current virus software, and download and install and update this

AVG antivirus
http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Vir...g=pop.software

DO A FULL SCAN

then download install and update these

Spybot
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Searc....html?tag=list

Ad-aware
http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-...g=pop.software

Do a full scan with BOTH programs

Then try to defrag again.. if you haven't already

Good Luck
ill try this when i get home, unless i get my car tonight (which probably wont happen)
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Try what raffaz said. If it doesn't come up with any errors then most likely it's just your windows messing around, a virus or the hdd test just didn't pick up the problem. They are supposed to be quite good, but at least the one from maxtor said my hdd was fine when it definitely wasn't.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:53 AM   #8
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And if nothing is found in viruses, and the drive test passes, reformat. That's the only wise solution I can find.
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Default Re: I should Have known.....(help would be great!!)

Also, as mammi pointed out, Maxtor seems to hae issues. I have a 120gb IDE from them, and I think the seek heads went bad, which caused a similar issue. The drive would take forever to seek things, didnt transfer files well, and when I did a hd test, it came up clear. So I would check into getting a new HD possibly. If its not Maxtor, those guys offered some great free ways to check it.
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nearly the same thing, uninstall it and i bet it stops...
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