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i been having this issue on restart where it lags and lags and freezes and unfreezes. It always comes back but just takes a long time for some reason to get applications to work. most all applications will say "not responding" up in the corner, but will always come back just to freeze a few seconds later. whats interesting is that after a while a dialog box for my norton security would come up and everything's fine after that. ive had this happen before when norton has ran in the background only to come up with something saying "fix now" only o not have the problem fixed. not sure if this issue correlates. i uninstalled norton to see. anyways just sitting around i start hearing and noise that is driving me nuts and im thinking someone downstairs is doing something. i even called my gf to find out what the hell was going on. well i find out its my hard drive ticking. after a while it goes away, comes back blah blah. then i restart. now it wants to check disk for consistency. maybe a bad sector i dont know seems to be fine almost but i dont have norton anymore. is there a way to find out if my drive is going. or is it norton giving me a hard time?
post #2 of 9
Maybe use a program like HD Tune, DiskCheckup, HDDScan or CrystalDiskInfo. Basically anything that'll give you any indication of drive 'health'. Other than that, they do call it the "click of death" for a reason sad-smiley-002.gif
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Ive never heard of a click of death....Are you trolling me right now lol LMAO
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Google it, it's a pretty common sign that the drive is struggling to read data, which would explain the lags and freezes you are getting. That thing is likely about to die and you should replace it, if you haven't already backed up important data on that drive do so ASAP or be prepared to say goodbye to it.
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Ive never heard of a click of death....Are you trolling me right now lol LMAO

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Click_of_death
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Thanks guys!!!!!
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Try to diagnose suspect hardware in DOS because Windows and Linux are so complex that you can't be sure a failure is due to hardware or software.

HDDguru.com has a program called MHDD that can scan disks and report sectors that are marginal, not just outright bad. Here are some typical results:

Seagate 2TB ST2000DM001, 7200RPM, 1TB platters:

< 3ms: 15,130,905
<10ms: 189,015
<50ms: 376
<150ms: 1,367
<500ms: 1
>500ms: 0
post #8 of 9
HDDGuru is an awesome website.

The only real best way is just be prepared. Have a backup. Now if something goes down it is not a big deal.
 
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Most hard drives have something on them called SMART. It will tell you a lot of things depending on what software you use that is able to take of advantage of it. It can tell you if it's gonna die soon, how many times the hard drive might have been dropped, if the hard drive is in good health, etc. Just use the software that they suggested up there. I honestly can say that I have not found SMART to be THAT helpful. If you are afraid your HD is going bad, then back up as much stuff as possible to an external HD and just wait and see the outcome. Freezes and hangs are often symptoms of bad sectors on the hard drive, so I would suggest just running a scan, like chkdsk -f -r and see if it recovers any files and puts them in your root folder under "lostfiles". CHKDSK will try to pull the data off the sectors for you and back that up too.
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