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Ok, bear with me, I'm posting this from my phone. My sigrig laptop has been working great, and was working fine until about a half hour ago. I shut down at about 5pm (7hrs ago) and I just booted it back up about an hour ago only to find it took over 15 minutes to startup and even then, took well over 2-3 minutes to respond to commands. I rebooted in safe mode, only to find it doing the exact same thing. Its taken over 20 minutes to bring up the list of currently installed programs.

Am I looking at a hardware issue? Or a software issue? Could my hdd be going bad? Overheating? ( I doubt as much but I can't rule it out)

Help me out here brothers, this is my only real working (not so much now) pc and it's barely functioning now.
 
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Troubleshooting my friend
  1. Check for viruses
  2. Download Realtemp and check your tempratures
  3. Download Acronis drive manager, then check your drives tempratures and run a SMART scan
  4. check all hardware is working properly in Device manager
  5. Last resort re-format re-install
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It could be virus related. The only way to know for sure is to turn it on again, then open the 'event viewer' to find out which services are causing the slow boot up. If its some device driver, then you can uninstall that.
Another way is to reinstall os.
    
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Ok according to RealTemp, my temps look ok at idle, 43C. I ran a System Restore and that helped, for a bit. I was running like normal, did a bunch of 'pruning' of excess programs and Steam games on my drive. After which I had to restart. Upon restart it began doing what it was doing before, and then after a good 20min it BSOD'd and immediately ran a CHKDSK, in which it found a few orphaned files, but what concerned me the most was the 4 unreadable file record segments...

Doing some searching with my phone, the consensus seems to be the hdd is going bad? Is this normally the case? I'm ok with software troubleshooting, but hardware probs I'm a dunce lol. If it is the hdd going bad, would it be covered by my laptops manufacturer warranty (usually?) If so I better call them, it expires on Wednesday... Joy.

Going to DL the Acronis software now and hope it maintains usability for the time being, it seems to be running normal after the CHKDSK.

Edit: Christ, why does tech always start falling apart at the same time? Just got my mouse replaced a couple weeks ago, now my phone is being warranty exchanged (no physical or water damage, just a 1% chance of a hardware prob and I happen to be in the 1%), and I might have to (hopefully) get my laptop warranty exchanged. if not I'm damn well effed since I have no money to buy a new one. Hell I don't even have money for a new hdd and new copy of Win 7 if it's the hdd.


Edit 2: Ok, running Acronis Disk Monitor, interestingly enough according to it, the OS drive is fine, but my relatively new (few months old) data drive has a health warning, saying it's at 30% (what? how?) and is showing a warning for reallocated sectors count.

It seems that THIS drive seems to be the culprit (in this case it wont be covered since it was a drive I bought and added) I may need to do some more checking on it. Any other advice you guys have is definitely appreciated. +rep for your help so far

Edit 3: Great, now Scronis Disk Monitor is showing 76% health on my OS drive, with 3 warnings, Reallocated Sectors count, SMART attribute Current Pending Sector Count reported warning status, and Off-Line Uncorrectable Sector Count. Fuuuuuuuuu. Dammit, looks like I will have to try and call up ASUS on Monday.
Edited by Marafice Eye - 2/12/11 at 2:58am
 
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Back up your data now while you can before it goes belly up and then no chance. When you start getting bad sectors it's just a matter of time......run, go, do it now, that's your sign.
Get S/N off the hdd and if in warantee you can rma it through manufacture. This is easy to do and generally have a new drive within 10 days. Good luck.
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Yeah, you better call your laptop maker fast. It seems to be the HDD but no way to say for sure from this far......... have you checked the event viewer yet. anything interesting there?
If the hdd is really corrupt, then disabling smart monitoring in the bios MAY provide temporary stability. Also, which antivirus are you using? any new suspicious entry in the running process list? you might wanna check these things out too, better leave no stone unturned.
And yeah, these things usually go bad all at once happens to me too...... and here in india the warranty providers are worse at their job than Chris Farley is at Kung-fu fighting.
    
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There's a difference between pending sectors and uncorrectable sectors. Pending sectors is just a warning, if they get a successful write then they get dropped and the "health" goes back to normal. THOUGH Laptop drives are prone to damage, considering drives really weren't designed for the wear and tear some users put them through. So if the sectors do end up going bad you generally see a cascading effect.
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It seems to be both drives, although the OS drive is at 76% health and the data drive is at 30%. I used to run AVG and Malwarebyte's but it got cumbersome so I got rid of them and run Microsoft Security Essentials. I run a weekly scan and am pretty cautious about where I go and what I download (I run Firefox with AdBlock and NoScript.)

Nothing abnormal in the processes. The event viewer lists a bunch of critical warnings (starting last night and this morning, all dealing with NTFS

I understand that a 'Pending' sector may not be too bad, but the OS drive (which is at 76% health) also has the Uncorrectable sectors.
 
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HDD failing, back it up now, i had this happen at work with our photo centre server. Seagate hdd was 3 months old when it suddenly died. Took a xeon i7 machine 20 mins to boot into windows 7. When benched the HDD speed it was maxing out at 12MB/s with HD tune pro. Said HDD should be around 110MB/s
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Quick question. Regardless of being covered by warranty or not, if I get new drives and need to reinstall Win7, can I get a copy from anywhere (say like an ISO) and use the key that came with my laptop? Or am I going to have to pull non-existant cash from my rear-end and buy a new copy?
 
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