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The file transfer speed for my external hard drive is extremely slow...as in it takes days to transfer a few gigs. In addition, it takes forever for the computer to read the hard drive. It was not always like this, but it is essentially unusable. How do i fix this?

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Fist clean your computer of dust using a fine air blower from a compressor specifically around your central processing unit making sure there is no moisture in the air line
as dust will cause a lot of static which will make a computer overheat and cause lots of problems
Try replacinng all leads that are attached to your external hard drive
then try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs then click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/f which will automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive
good luck with this

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