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Speed of harddisk

Speed of hard disk is very slow down from last week i had'nt installed any type of software or any type of data but i don't know how it happened please hel me out by this problem to icrease the speed of processing

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If your PC has experienced physical trauma your harddisk may be damaged, causing it to use longer time reading/verifying data.

The first thing you might try is to defragment the drive. After being used for a while, files may be spread over the disk in small pieces causing it to take a longer time to read. (Compare it to spreading the pages of a book all over the house - it will take time to collect each page when you read the book)  

In XP this is located under Control panel -> Performance and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> (Disk defragmenter in the tree menu to the left)

You can also try to run some anti-adware software. If your computer is infected with such it may be slowed down conciderably.

Another thing is to disable programs that you don't really use. Lots of them show up as icons in your system tray, and they take resourcesalthough you may not be using them. If you don't use them on a daily basis, disable them and start them manually only when you need them.

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Slow computer, tried all options

I'm confused when you say "eating 100s of mbs of data while on internet within a hour". Please clarify.

First, go to Start,, Run,, and type in the box msconfig
The "Startup tab" will show all your startup programs (the ones checkmarked). Examine those for any unusual ones listed. (I keep my system clean with only about 4-5 startup programs). If yours is a long list that will slow down your system.

I'd also run a disk check. Right click on C drive, select properties, tools, error checking, checkmark "automatically fix file system errors". It will run on reboot.

Then install Malwarebytes from their own site, update malware definitions and run a scan. Afterward, the ones best to help you would be on a forum such as on Malwarebytes, as it can be a long involved process to determine if your system is free of malware.
BTW, when was the last time you did a disk defragmentation? Do that also, but I have a feeling you have hidden malware on your system.

Oct 31, 2014 | Computers & Internet


My laptop is running too slow.


The most common reason for a computer running slow is insufficient RAM memory.
Check specifications on manufacturer website to find out the kind of memory supported and the maximum RAM allowed.

A computer running Windows Vista should have at least 2 GB to run smoothly.

Increase the RAM, if RAM available is no more than 512MB, then it must be surely and immediately upgraded.

Check also your hard drive free space. If you have less than 1GB free space on hard disk, Windows will have to write continuously virtual memory pages to hard disk, and that will slow down the processing speed. Also check fragmentation. Files pieces may be distributed in different areas of the hard disk, resulting in slower reading speed.
Go to
Start>>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Defregmenter and do a Defrag of the hard disk if needed.

If you have at least 1 GB RAM on XP or Linux, and 2 GB on Vista, and you took care of your hard drive, then you can check the processes that are starting up automatically and remove the useless one, or spot malaware that can affect speed. You can use a software like Hijack This, and search on google te function of each process started on the list reported by the software.

You can download Hijack this here MajorGeeks | If download does not start, then click at the top of the page, where it says Click Here If It Does Not.
Be careful if you delete the wrong files using this software you can harm the system, and Windows may not work properly.

If you think you have malaware you can also install Spy Bot, and do a system scan. Download Spybot from The home of Spybot.

If all the above does not work, and there is no malaware, then you usually reinstall the system.

Check also the bios settings, BIOS can downgrade the CPU speed on default , even if this is uncommon on recent BIOS.

If a computer is still slow with a fresh system and enough resources then it is one of those rare occasions when you have an hardware fault.
Hardware that can cause slow down is: RAM CPU Motherboard HD Video card.

Some tips on procedure can damage your windows installation. Do not download Hijackthis software and do not change BIOS settings and do not touch hardware unless you are sure of what you are doing.

on Apr 08, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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This laptop is very slow

Slowness in the laptop can be due to many reasons. You may upgrade your processor( to i5 or i7), but that will be too costly. Try increasing the RAM of your laptop. Also don't overflow your hard drive. Decrease in free space on your hard drive will ultimately slow down your laptop.

Aug 28, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Does Mac defragmentation help to speed up performance?

Defraging the hard drive will speed up file access because the files will be contiguous and the hard drive read/write head/s does not have to skip all over the disk to retrieve the files.
As for speed increase there will be some imrovement.
Installing more RAM will also speed up your computer.

Feb 06, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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My boot up is really slow on my Compaq Presario CQ56. How can I get it back to original speed?

You have an issue with your hard disk drive. Back up your data at once. Create the recovery disks from recovery manager in program files list. Replace the drive and run the factory restore. Install an antivirus and transfer your data back.

Jan 02, 2013 | Compaq Presario CQ56110US Laptop

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I have an Acer Laptop with Windows Xp.... when i start my computer says |Be_$|Be_$| and i can't use it, what that mean?

LOL, I don't know what that mean!!! Maybe you should just get an operating system disk and reinstall it. You can do a Repair Install so that you don't lose any of your data.

Apr 19, 2012 | Acer Computers & Internet

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Common problem...running slow...real slow...the "f"

You may notice that your laptop is running more and more slowly over time. There could be many reasons for this, including spyware and viruses, files getting disorganized, too many start-up processes, and new programs you have installed since buying the computer. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to restore fast performance on your PC.

1.Back up your PC before attempting to tweak its performance. This will protect your data in case you inadvertently cause any problems to your computer's configuration while attempting to fix it. To back up your files, click "Start," and then "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools," and "Backup."
2.Remove any unnecessary programs that may be slowing down your computer. Click on "Start," then "Control Panel," and "Add or Remove Programs." Scroll down the list of installed programs and click on the "Remove" button next to any program you no longer want or use. This could include free trial software that you never use, or programs that you once used but don't need anymore. Do not delete a program if you're unsure of its function.
3.Run the Disk Cleanup tool to get rid of any other unneeded files that might be filling up your hard drive. Do this by double-clicking on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop, then right-click on "Local Disk" and then choose "Properties." Under the "General" tab, click the "Disk Cleanup" button. The Disk Cleanup tool will examine your hard drive and offer you a list of nonessential files that can be deleted. Check the boxes next to the file types you wish to delete, and then click "OK." This could free up several gigabytes of disk space.
4.Defragment your hard drive. To do this, open "My Computer," "Local Disk," and "Properties" as explained above, and then on the "Tools" tab, click "Defragment Now." In the Disk Defragmenter window, select your hard drive and click "Defragment." This will put contiguous portions of your files close to one another on the hard disk, which speeds up the computer's read time.
5.Disable some programs that start running automatically when you turn on your computer. Although some of these programs are vital and should not be touched (like your anti-virus program), others are not needed at start-up and bog down your boot-up process. Click "Start" and then "Run," and then type "MSconfig" and press "Enter." Examine programs under the "Startup" tab, and uncheck the boxes next to the nonessential programs. Be careful to uncheck only those programs you are sure of not needing at start-up (such as music players). If you are unsure of a program's purpose, leave it alone, because it could be an essential start-up process.
6.Check the RAM memory of your laptop and consider upgrading it. This can improve your computer's performance dramatically. Right-click the "My Computer" icon and then click "Properties." Click on the "General" tab and note the amount of RAM you have on the lower part of the window. If this is less than 1G, you might want to purchase more RAM and add it to your laptop. There is usually a removable panel on the bottom of the laptop where the new RAM can be added. However, you will have to know what type of RAM is compatible with your computer, as well as the correct way to install it. If you are unsure of how to install RAM or what kind of RAM to buy, take your computer to a professional to have the RAM installed.

I hope you find it very helpful. Best regads.

Aug 22, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Saw on a forum that this could be the default password.. wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd

-put DOS on a floppy disk
-add atapwd.exe to the disk
-turn off the computer & connect your Western Digital hard drive.
-turn on the computer and inset floppy
-type atapwd.exe after A:\
-when the menu loads click on your harddrive
- >Prepare Erase
- >Erase
-enter the password " wdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwdcwd "
-It should come back with an error, press enter and the hard drive name will disappear from the list
-DO NOT RESTART-...Your harddrive is being formatted.
-Let it sit at that screen for 30mins
-Afterwards, press the F5 key(refresh) and the hard drive should reappear on the list
-restart...and it'll be unlocked.

I don't know if that will help your problem but I hope it helps someone. :thumbsup:


Jun 24, 2011 | Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook

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Speed of harddisk

Run A disk Defragmentation By going to

My Computer -> Right click on C: -> Properties -> Defragamtion

Nov 27, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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"Non-system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready".

If this error occurs you open the cabinet disconnected the harddisk data cable for few seconds and reconnected the harddisk data cable and bot it will work.

Apr 10, 2008 | Compaq Evo N610C Notebook

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