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So my computer has been going down the crapper for a while. It was a pretty decent running machine. I think it's basically been destroyed by too much junk and there's probably a virus or 20 on there too. I run scans and they don't show any, but who knows. Anyways, I'm not running any programs or games that my computer shouldn't be able to handle fairly easy. So I'm wondering if I got a new HD, installed the OS and the primary programs I want to run, then completely wipe or even replace the other drive and use it for games/storage, should that bring my computer back to what it once was? The only programs that I'd put on the new HD would be the OS and a couple photo editing programs. I'd really be happy if I can get away with just a new <$100 drive, I definitely don't have the budget to build a whole new computer.
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post #2 of 9
Get Windows Defender Offline Edition and put on a Bootable CD / Flash Drive
Do a scan, that thing finds a lot of stuff that other AVs don't!

It might not fix it and if it doesn't, back stuff up if you can and just format your current drive, it might not be faulty.
Just too many services and processes running all at the same time might be killing your machine. Keep us updated smile.gif
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128GB SSD will work fine for OS and programs and make your system seem way better than new. All your data can be stored on the HDD.
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Originally Posted by 11alliance11 View Post

Get Windows Defender Offline Edition and put on a Bootable CD / Flash Drive
Do a scan, that thing finds a lot of stuff that other AVs don't!

It might not fix it and if it doesn't, back stuff up if you can and just format your current drive, it might not be faulty.
Just too many services and processes running all at the same time might be killing your machine. Keep us updated smile.gif

Thanks. Got it, ran it, said my computer was running normally.
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128GB SSD will work fine for OS and programs and make your system seem way better than new. All your data can be stored on the HDD.

Cool. That's the option I'll look at then. Move a few things to the new HD, dump everything else and start fresh. Thanks for the help.
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post #6 of 9
run ccleaner it will get rid of temporary stuff and can fix registry issues also if there are any its a very good program if you havent used it already and also you can try defraggler to defrag your hard drives the built in windows defrag program isnt very good
Edited by ozlay - 8/16/13 at 9:21pm
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I do use ccleaner weekly but just the windows defrag program. It's set to run every night late after I'm in bed. I'll check out the other one and see if it helps.
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Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB Kingston SSD NOW 300 (120g)  SAMSUNG Black Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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Originally Posted by Nubster View Post

Thanks. Got it, ran it, said my computer was running normally.

That's odd, I've got a pretty fast computer and it takes mine around 8 hours to scan all my main HDD which is 320GB. Unless you have 15k RPM HDD or something. But ya getting an SSD and putting your current harddrive as a backup is an awesome choice.O_o
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I think it just did a quick scan. I just started a full scan and it did say "this might take a few hours". So maybe that will find some stuff.
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AMD Phenom II x4 720 BE (unlocked 4th core) GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR2 1066 
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Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB Kingston SSD NOW 300 (120g)  SAMSUNG Black Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB Kingston SSD NOW 300 (120g)  SAMSUNG Black Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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