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Hard drive failing?

Hey, I think my hard drive may be going bad.

It takes a very long time to load xp and vista and freezes sometimes. When it freezes the HD Led comes on.

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You may have alot of problems installed or your hard drive needs to be defragmented.

yes it also may be failing, but before replaceing it either clean up your pc also defrag the hard drive.

how to defrag
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848
if that doesn't help try reinstalling windows and starting from a clean plate.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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