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post #1 of 5
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hi- ive got a dell inspiron 6400 and am trying to replace the hdd for a larger size (samasung HM250JI - 2nd time i've done upgraded the hdd , first time no probs).
after a while the everything begins running very slowly( booting, shutting down, opening programs, and sound/video just starts to **** itself spluttering all over the place). tried different things but nothing worked:
-cloning old drive vs complete new install
-complete diagnostic with samsungs estool and hutil-even complete 0 reformat-shows no errors
-avast/ avg virus scans

a system restore makes everything work fine but it doesn't take long -(between 2 hours to 2 days) that its starts spluttering again.

and once when i rebooted the xp firewall was deactivated and i couldn't get it re-activated by normal methods. which makes me think its a virus that avast and avg couldn't find.?
any ideas?
mny thanks
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Could be a virus. How often are you defragging and cleaning up your OS? Have you tried doing a completely new install of the OS? If not, I suggest you download a program such as Eraser, Burn it to a disk, Back up any important files, Load it up when you reboot, and zero out the drive, Then install a new fresh copy of windows.
    
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thanks for the reply,
maybe i wasn't clear in my first post but have already tried a completely new install and zeroed the drive...
methinks its a virus too- because it seems the hardware works fine, and a system restore "fixes" it only temporarily.
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Well, if you wiped your drive, and put a freshly new install of Windows, I would make an assumption that its a faulty drive. Check and make sure the Connections are connected in a secure manner.
    
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post #5 of 5
Ya if you reformated your hdd and its still a problem then its most likely just a faulty drive like the pope said.
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