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Hard drive erased? or Bad? maybe both?

OK, comper says hard drive is working fine, but...The computer runs VERY slow when it is enabled and perfent when disabled. also I cannot open the hard drive to view files. Under properties it says nothing is on it. This one has got me stumped.

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Hi,

Yes, HD is bad. When enabled, your PC sees it but takes along time finding contents and when contents found, will not be able to read it. If it contains important data, best is you use a data recovery software such as GetDataBack available at www.runtime.org. If recovered or will not allow you to, try deleting partition and/or reformat. Thereafter do a Scandisk.

On a similar problem, took me close to 48 hrs to recover movies and MP3s (at least most of them). Used Partition Magic to partition, format. and when I used Norton Utilities Disk Doctor, a lot of bad sectors showed up. I ended simply replacing since I already purchased another where the recovery was saved.

Hope this be of help to you.

I hope you have better luck.

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Open the following folder on the hard drive: C:\Program Files\Sony\Setting Utility Series.
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Disable autorun on hard drives


How To Enable/Disable Auto run (Windows 95/98/Me)
Access the System Properties Dialog. Using Control Panel: My Computer: Properties or Explorer: My Computer: Properties.
Select the Device Manager tab.
Select the CD-ROM folder.
Select the entry for your CD-ROM drive.
Select Properties.
Select the Settings tab.
Turn on or off the Auto insert notification option.
Select OK.
Select OK
How To Enable/Disable Auto run (Windows NT/2000)
Start RegEdit (regedt32.exe).
Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Cdrom.
Edit the Autorun value to '1' to enable auto run, and '0' to disable auto run.
Close RegEdit
How To Enable/Disable Auto run (Windows XP)
Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows + "e" key.
Right-click the desired CD-ROM and select Properties from the menu.
Select the AutoPlay tab.
Select each item from the pull down list and for the Action to perform, select "Take no action" to disable auto run, or pick the appropriate action to take if enabling auto run.
Select OK.
How To Enable Autorun for Other Removable Media
Autorun can be enabled or disabled for all Removable media types, such as a floppy or Zip disk. Windows systems are configured to enable CD Notification, other removable media are by default disabled.
The System Properties User interface only exposes the CD Enable or Disable selection. The setting reflected in this dialog makes an entry in the System Registry. It is in this same location that other media types are configured.
Notes:
Modifiying the Registry is not for the inexperienced user. Anyone will tell you, be VERY careful.
The modifications made in this case use Hex not Decimal numbers. If you are unfamiliar with the Registry or the characteristics of base numbering and Hex, studying these topics prior to making these modifications is advisable.
To Modify these Registry Settings, Use Regedit and navigate to the following Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
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Microsoft
Windows
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Explorer
"NoDriveTypeAutoRun"

The default value for the setting is 95 0 0 0. Change the first byte to 91. Restart the computer to make the new setting take effect. You may have to right-click on the floppy and choose AutoPlay from the menu to see the AutoPlay behaviour.
Additional Technical Info
The first byte defines which drive types to EXCLUDE from Autorun behaviour. The hex value of the byte is the sum of all of the drive type values to exclude + 128.
DRIVE_UNKNOWN 1
DRIVE_NO_ROOT_DIR 2
DRIVE_REMOVABLE 4 (floppy disks and removable cartridges)
DRIVE_FIXED 8 (hard disks)
DRIVE_REMOTE 16 (network drives)
DRIVE_CDROM 32 (CD-ROMs)
DRIVE_RAMDISK 64

The default configuration excludes UNKNOWN (1), REMOVABLE (4) and REMOTE (16) which would be 16 + 4 + 1 + 128 = 149, which is hex 95. If you take out REMOVABLE you get 16 + 1 + 128 = 145, which is hex 91.
The calculation for this value is 1 + 4 + 16 + 128 = 149. 149 Decimal is 95 Hex
The new calculation is 1 + 16 + 128 = 145. 149 Decimal is 91 Hex
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2. Test if the computer still runs slow, if it doesn't try repeating the step 1, and re-enable the startup programs one by one or you can just check on the programs that you want to automatically start whenever you start Windows. These startup programs eats your computer resources which should have been used by the computer for processing instead.


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Then press ok then you can access it.
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Follow these steps to open registry editor.
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My laptop freezes after start up. I start the computer and it runs normal until right after log in. I have roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute after logging in before the fan turns on and the laptop starts...


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Slow


Hi Whose,

Me again :-)
Yes m8, there is something you can do.

Perform the steps given below to increase your system performance.

Uninstall all unwanted software:
To uninstall software
Click on Start
à Settings à Control Panel à Add/Remove Programs
Select the software (one at the time) from the list and click on the Add/Remove button and follow the online screen instructions.

Erase unnecessary files in the windows temp folder.
Double Click My Computer.
Double Click the drive where windows are installed. This is typically drive C.
Double Click the windows folder. This is typically C:\Windows.
Double Click the temp folder. This is typically C:\Windows\temp.
Press control A to select all files and folders.
Press the delete key.
If confirmation is asked to delete these files choose yes to all.


Defragment hard disk.
Close all applications.
Disable your screen saver.
Disable all the programs on the taskbar if possible.
Click Start.
Click Program.
Click Accessories.
Click System Tools.
Click Defrag.
Select the drive to defrag.

You should defrag every hard disk on your system.
This process can take quite some time.
Click Ok.
Enable your screen saver.


Remove Startup programs (if you know what you are doing)
Click Start
Select Run
Type msconfig in the text box
The "System Configuration Utility" window will open

A list of programs will be shown each having a checkbox to the left of the name.
Click on the checkbox to enable the program (so it runs when windows boots) and click a second time to Uncheck the box to disable the program (so it does not run when windows boots).


Set the size of the virtual memory (swap file) to a constant optimal size.
Right click My Computer
Click Properties
The System Properties window lists the amount of RAM in your PC
Click Performance
Click Virtual Memory
Click Let me specify my own virtual memory settings
Click the arrow next to the hard disk.
Here are some guidelines to choose the best location for your virtual memory file
a) Select the quickest hard disk.
b) If you have, two hard disks that are similar in performance select the hard disk that does not contain Windows system files (usually C:).
c) Make sure the drive has free space equal to at least twice the size of the recommended swap file size.
d) If the partition is on the same physical drive, select the partition in alphabetical order. For example, if you have one 20GB hard disk and you partition it into two 10GB partitions drive C & D) You should pick Drive C over Drive D if meets all the guidelines of a, b & c.

Set the Minimum/Maximum to: With large hard disks settings at least 128mb or 256mb swap file should be sufficient in almost every situation.
Note: The amount of RAM plus the size of the virtual memory file is the maximum amount of RAM you can use at once.
Click OK.
After setting the size of the virtual memory file windows will display the following message. You have chosen not to let windows manage virtual memory automatically.
Click Yes.
You must restart your computer before the new settings will take effect. Do you want to restart your computer now?

Click Yes


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