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My hard drive runs almost constantly.

When it does, everything slows way down.
The drive is a Toshiba MK 8025 GAS. 80GB with about 1/2 used.
I have 2 GB memory. I rarely use more than 1 GB of the memory.
I have scanned for viruses and Malware.
I have run diagnostic programs on the hard drive and it checks fine
I am running XP SP2.

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  • John Christensen May 23, 2008

    I have run sfc twice. It takes 2-3 hours and appears to have made a slight improvement.
    Whenever I run anything with audio/video content, when the hard drive runs, it appears to be stopping the audio/vidio in very short chops at about 10-15 times a second. This causes the A/V to slow down and the the audio to become just a choppy growl. This lasts for 1-10 secomds, 2-3 times a minute.
    Rebooting takes 3-10 minutes with the HD running almost continously.
    The system does not crash, just takes forever.

  • John Christensen May 31, 2008

    The solution provided did not work. I posted additional information a week ago and have received no reply. Can someone else help?

  • John Christensen May 31, 2008

    Thank you but I do not have usoft Office on my machine. I use Open Office.
    Something that may be unrelated but, when I try to bring up the Task Manager I just get a msg "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator". I am my administrator and I did not disable the task manager.
    This just started 2-3 days ago while the HD problem has been going on for weeks.

  • John Christensen May 31, 2008

    To Ekse: No PIO. Dev 0: UDMA 5, Dev 1: UDMA 2.
    None found on other dev.
    Thank you.

  • John Christensen Jun 01, 2008

    Ekse: The problem with the task mgr is fixed.
    Thank you.

  • John Christensen Jun 01, 2008

    Each of you have helped a bit. I was waiting until the problem was completely cleared before I accepted. Some of the recommendations took hours to run. I have also run 4 different virus/malware programs, some more than once. Each one discovering different things. I have run 3 different regestry scans.
    I thought the McAfee suite was protecting me but it appears something turned some functions off.
    My last tests today appear that my system is fixed. Thanks to all, I accept.


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Run CHKDSK /F /X c:

It may be that your harddrive is in pio mode.

read this page

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  • Ekse May 31, 2008

    This might have noting to do with a virus.

    Give me your attention for a minute.

    Open device manager

    (right click my computer -> manage -> on the left side Device manager)

    Open IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers

    Open Primary IDE channel properies

    Open the Advanced settings tab. look at the ide devices.

    Do you see PIO on any device? If not then all is well here

    Open the secondary Ide channel propeties and the advanced settings tab there.

    Do you see PIO on any device? If not then all is well here

    You can also check this on SATA controllers.

    So did you have any devices in PIO mode? If you did, thats the problem. If not then its something else.

  • Ekse May 31, 2008

    if any devices / harddrives where on pio mode read this page

  • Ekse May 31, 2008

    heres how to enable the task manager

    heres how to enable the registry editor

  • Ekse Jun 01, 2008

    maybe you should try reinstalling your windows? It saves alot of headache and you can start fresh.


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Try THIS from the Microsoft Knowledge base..

Posted on May 31, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson May 31, 2008

    Too many start-up
    programs will slow the boot down considerably, and will consume system resources
    that will slow it down during use. One start-up program in particular, is a anti-virus
    application set to load at start-up, and set to check every file that is opened
    for viruses. This slows the system down, so you should turn this feature off.
    Use an anti-virus program to scan downloaded files after that have been downloaded,
    scan the hard disk drive periodically, scan CDs that will autoload, and scan e-mail
    attachments. There is no need to have it set to scan the system the whole time
    it is operating.

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 31, 2008

    most likely reasons for a system slow-down or a 'thrashing' hard disk drive are
    an outdated, slow hard disk drive that has outdated drivers installed, has become
    crammed with applications, is overloaded with programs loaded at start-up, as
    a consequence has a Windows Registry that has grown bloated with redundant
    entries, or a system that has insufficient RAM, either on the motherboard as system
    RAM, or on the video card as graphics RAM, a dying BIOS battery, or a failed processor
    Most of these problems are easy to remedy. First try updating
    your video card's and hard disk drive's drivers by downloading them from the manufacturer's
    website, and then use the Windows Add/Remove
    utility to remove unnecessary applications, clear the Recycle Bin, and
    then use the Windows Disk Defragmenter (or your own third party program)
    to defragment the disk. The Add/Remove utility can often leave whole folders
    intact, so open Windows Explorer, and remove any left-over folders
    manually. You can download many Windows Registry cleaners.
    is a good free Windows Registry cleaner, or visit,,
    or for other cleaners and program installers/uninstallers.
    of them will also be able to find unnecessary files that can be removed, such
    as the .tmp files that Windows or applications create and leave in the
    Temp folder - and elsewhere.

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 31, 2008

    See if you have any of the following 2 processes running and stop them: SSDPSRV and LOADQM.

    I would also recommend running a full system scan at this FREE online antivirus scanner:
    It is extremely efficient and sometimes finds malware undetected by more popular and famous AV software. Try it, it could help

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson May 31, 2008

    It definitely looks like a virus issue. Could be the Worm Klez.H or Joke Train.A virus.
    FIrst disable the System Restore or the system will be reinfected via Restore files. Re-enable it after the virus is removed.

    Disable Restore:

    Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer
    Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    Click the System Restore tab.
    Check the "Turn off System Restore" or "Turn off System Restore on all drives" check box.

  • Swilin Sampson
    Swilin Sampson Jun 01, 2008

    Shouldnt you be "accepting" the solution of the Expert who guided you best to a fix ?


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Run "sfc /scannow"

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