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Old 10-15-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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Lately my computer has been on the Windows user loading screen (the blue one, not the black windows loading screen) for a bit too long. 10-15 seconds. I have cleaned the registry, I run daily virus/spyware scans, and all parts but my HDD are new. The HDD is about 3 years old. Do you guys think it's time for a new one?
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:35 PM   #2
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did you restore yet~??~ try to see if that might be it
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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I want to keep system restores as a last resort, plus I don't even know when the latest one is. Other than WarCraft III, I haven't really installed anything on this machine since I booted it up the first time. I have only updated spyware and virus programs and ran the Windows Updates. I could live this out a little more, but if it starts to lengthen I think it could be the hard-drive. So I'd like someone to double check this information for me.

Hard-drive going out = gradual increase in boot times?
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The computer is supposed to take a little bit longer to load, it just depends on how much stuff you have in it.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:42 PM   #5
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I realize that, but WarCraft III shouldn't make that big of a difference. Specially, because it doesn't run a process on Windows Start-up.
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maybe you should run a virus scan in safe mode? that sometimes finds hidden virus' a lot of times.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:45 PM   #7
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I'll do that next boot. For the time being, I just want to know for sure that HDD failure causes gradual increase in boot time.
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could you please specify your type of HDD if you can?
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:56 PM   #9
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From what I could gather in the Dell website and google it's a Samsung SpinPoint P80SD HD080HJ 80GB 7200RPM. I don't see how the brand could have anything to do with it other than early failure.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:02 PM   #10
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does it make a slight clicking sound? a faint one from time to time?

or any other abnormal sounds?

crashes, slow. Strange error messages?
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