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what antivirus if any are you using? I know you said you scanned with malwarebytes, try also spybot search and destroy, superantispyware, and for a 4th opinion try comodo cleaning essentials and tdsskiller. I really think theres some malware on your system if its slowed down that much. if we can rule out hardware then its definitely either a driver or malware. have you tried memtest86+ on your ram to make sure its not failing. for hard drives you want to try crystal disk mark and hdtune. those programs will show you if your mechanical drive is failing or even has one or 2 bad sectors. if all else fails, then its time to reinstall windows. also if you don't have an antivirus then you should get one asap. avast free is light on system resources, economical as its free, and includes a boottime scan option which will find things that are infecting your windows os. failing all that its time to consider a reinstall.

I think the thing to try now is Crystal Disk and HDTune. SSD is fine, HDD is the bit that's failing me. Just want to check, these program will let me know if there is a mechanical issue??

Antivirus I'm using a Chinese one which is very popular, or alternatively I can use a paid one - Sophos (I can get licensing from work) if a paid one will always work better than a free one?
post #22 of 39
SATA cables, SATA ports on mobo. I assume you mean a HDD other than your OS. You can run a diag on the HDD if it's not the cable or port,otherwise most likely the HDD is dying/dead. Also make sure no USB devices are plugged in at boot,as they can do the same thing if faulty.
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SATA cables, SATA ports on mobo. I assume you mean a HDD other than your OS. You can run a diag on the HDD if it's not the cable or port,otherwise most likely the HDD is dying/dead. Also make sure no USB devices are plugged in at boot,as they can do the same thing if faulty.

How do I run a diag on the HDD? I've tried using the windows way of doing it, it didn't report a problem. So now I was going to try using HDTune and CrystalDiskMark and see how I go?
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How do I run a diag on the HDD? I've tried using the windows way of doing it, it didn't report a problem. So now I was going to try using HDTune and CrystalDiskMark and see how I go?
yes,those will do.Also SeaTools
http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/
WD Data Lifegaurd
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=613&sid=3&lang=en
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post #25 of 39
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Using the WD Black Test ~~
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 06-Quick Test on drive 1 did not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97 (Unknown Test) SMART self-test did not complete on drive 1!

Also the read/write zero test gave me too much bad sectors to continue checking. Am I doing something wrong or is my HDD is just wrong frown.gif?

Any ideas?
post #26 of 39
If it's the HDD itself that's the cause for your problem, I think you could be somewhat lucky that it's not completely broken, just strangely slow. You could buy a new HDD, set up partitions in a similar way to the old HDD, then copy everything over. You wouldn't not lose any of your data. You would just have to wait hours for the copy to finish as your HDD is very slow from your description. You then remove the old HDD and rearrange the drive letters for the partitions on the new HDD. Disk Management of Windows shows partitions in a pretty easy to understand bar graph, so recreating your partitions on the new HDD should be easy enough.

There's still some risk that something else is broken. The HDD could actually be fine, just not working correctly with your motherboard or something. The best idea I have to test this is experimenting with the HDD in some other PC. If you have access to another PC, you could connect the HDD there. You can let put it on the ground beside the case or something, just connecting the power and data cables. You would try browsing through the folders on the HDD and trying to copy some folder with a bunch of files. This should show if the HDD itself is the cause of that strange slow down of your PC.
post #27 of 39
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Somehow on one of my tests, it wiped out all my data. Luckily my important work is not stored locally, and other data that I've lost may be a pain trying to get them back, but not catastrophic. So your recommendation is to put in another HDD and do a disk check to see whether there's problems?

I did an in-depth scan using the WD Data LifeGaurd Diagnostic tool, it gave me error saying "Too many bad sectors detected." So I take it as that literally? Or an indication for something else? If indeed only sectors have problem, are there any ways to repair the bad sectors using software tools?
post #28 of 39
If you already lost all your stuff from your HDD, what I suggested is not really relevant anymore. I was assuming you could buy a new HDD, copy everything over from the old HDD, then throw away your old HDD.

The second paragraph of my post was about how to test if your old HDD is really broken. Your motherboard could be broken instead. You will only know after you test your HDD in a different PC.

From what you mention about that WD diagnostics tool, your HDD is kaputt. It's dead. You should throw it away.

If I were you, I would try very hard to get everything used daily onto the two Samsung SSDs you mention in your opening post of this thread. I don't know what their size is, but everything should fit, Windows + programs + normal data. The new HDD you buy, you could use for large data like working on video files or something, installing a lot of steam games, downloading movies with bittorrent... things like that. These are all things that won't be bad if you lose them suddenly.
post #29 of 39
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Yea this machine is my entertainment PC, all my work is done on Linux at work or can be SSH'd in. The HDD is Caviar Black, supposedly 'really' good and expensive. So I would want to at least claim some warranty from it as it's only been less than 6 months old.

And unfortunately I don't have another machine to test it on. Will getting a HDD that is for sure to work onto my current machine and run tests be able to tell whether the mb is faulty?
post #30 of 39
With those bad sectors the WD software found, I'd guess it's the HDD that's broken, not the MB. Your SSDs also work fine with your MB.
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