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Slow system, hard disk problem?

\015 Hi,\015\012I have an Acer Aspire 5920, it has recently become unbearably slow on frequent occasions and often makes a chugging(!) sound when it is being slow. It also tells me that programs are not working at that they are being shut down. The windows solution window suggested it may be the hard disk and to reboot the system, well this has not worked as we have had this problem for a number of weeks now. It suggested running the hard disk error checking tool, we did this and it ran for nearly 48 hours in the dos screen saying that it found bad clusters and that it was fixing them. Once it had finished the laptop did not appear to be any better or worse. Is there any suggestions you can make or do I really need to take it to a technician?\015\012Many thanks\015\012Denise\015

Answers :

First off, get any important data off NOW. If it took 48 hours for disk check to run AND it found bad clusters your hard drive is on it's way out. Consider yourself lucky that you are getting an early warning sign. Normally computers get slow for the following reasons.
1) Infected with malware/viruses. Run free programs available from (CNET) www.download.com. These include MalwareBytes, SPybot Search and Destroy, Adaware.
2) Computer hard drive is full or seriously fragmented. Try removing unneeded programs (especially pictures) and then attempt a defragmentation.
3) Hard disk failing or getting old. Sometimes this is due to environment. Smoky, dirty or dusty environments will eventually contribute to build up of heat inside the computer and excessive heat kills computers. Also hard drives are mechanical and they do wear out over time. Laptop drives take more abuse because they are moved around more than desktops. If they start getting noisy then it is time to prepare to replace it. If you haven't done it yet GET YOUR IMPORTANT DATA OFF NOW!!!!
4) Overclocked or over heated processors. Dust buildup in the cooling fans and heat sinks can cause the temperature to rise and when processors get heated up they slow down and evenyually crash.
5) Running out of memory. As our computers get older we keep adding programs and eventually (if we dont upgrade the memory) the computer runs out of memory.
So if I were in your shoes I would do the following:
1) make sure you have any important files copied off of that hard drive. You never know when it may crash so get them off now.
2) run some of the malware removal programs I suggested (if your hard drive has the available space for them) and also run your anti-virus program.
3) Remove unneeded files from the hard drive and then run the disk defragmentation tool. I once had a customer that had jammed her hard drive full of pictures and when it crashed it had no room to rebuild itself.
4) if all that does not improve the speed then see about getting an upgrade for the memory.
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