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I'm running Vista Basic on a Dell Dimension E521. I've got two problems. When I run AOL version 9.1, it frequently reports itself as ''not responding'', then recovers.. Mostly; sometimes it just hangs. Ditto with IE Version 8. I've reinstalled AOL. I would reinstall IE, except I don't know where the bookmark file is, which I will want to copy and save. In addition, my hard drive keeps thrashing. I've gone to Services.msc and disabled Windows Search and Superfetch in an attempt to address that problem, with no success. I've also deleted my temp internet files. No luck. I should also point out that when I reboot I can get the thrashing to stop, until I open up AOL or IE. Any advice? And where's that Bookmark file?

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  • jelink Nov 13, 2009

    Thank you for your comments.

    I tried booting in Safe Mode, and when I did the thrashing stopped. For the short time I was on-line the AOL/IE problem didn't occur, but I can't say for sure being in Safe Mode made any difference.

    When I rebooted in regular mode the problem returned.

    As for HDregeneration: And are you referring to HDD Regenerator? If the thrashing stops in safe mode, does it mean that the HD is not damaged, and such a pram is not useful? (I don't hear any clicks.)

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Can you run the HDregeneration program, checks & repairs the HD sectors

Also does the HD make click sounds when running, if yes, normally the drive is on its way out

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