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Computer freezes for short time

By Mieto
Jul 19, 2011
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  1. Hello, I've had this problem for a very long time but only recently it has become annoying. Every now and then when accessing my F: drive (windows installed on C: drive), opening firefox, starting a download or playing a game my computer freezes for about 3-5 seconds while making a sound like the hard drive is loading / buffering or something. After that it resumes normally, only to appear again after 2-3 hours.

    It's particularly annoying during intense FPS games or such when the freezing happens, I basically can't do anything only to find myself dead in the game afterwards :|

    Is there any solution to this? Or does anyone recognize the problem? I'm not really an expert at this stuff and would appreciate a possible workaround which doesn't involve removing / replacing any hard drives and / or other components!

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Download and run free Superantispyware and tell us what it finds
     
  3. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    yo Mieto,

    Ok just for clarification is the F: drive another hard drive
    .
    also the sounds that you are hearing on the hard drive - do you get a clicking sound on when the hard drive is spinning? if so it could be your hard drive is on its way out.

    do you know what hard drive you have in the PC?

    James
     
  4. Mieto

    Mieto TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes the F: drive is another hard drive, which is ST31000528AS Barracuda 1TB and C: is Maxtor 6Y160M0 160GB. I do hear a "click" sound after it has done loading or something. Also, this Barracuda hard drive is only about 1 year old, while Maxtor is around 2-3 years old.

    Downloaded Superantispyware and ran complete computer scan, which resulted clean.
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Seagate's have had a high failure rate especially with their 500GB drives and bigger...
     
  6. Mieto

    Mieto TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Meh so it could be the Seagate is about to fail? :/ A friend of mine has the exact same hard drive and he did recommend it to me :/ His is a lot older than mine too
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Run CHKDSK (check disk) on drive F. Schedule a disk check on next boot up
     
  8. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    hi mieto,

    it sounds like your drive might be faulty. i agree run the CHKDSK on your next bootup tho below is a link for Seagates own hard drive test tool.

    http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

    might be worth seeing if you have the receipt for your HDD and check the warranty etc if it is faulty.

    James
     
  9. Mieto

    Mieto TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Finished check disk, nothing out of ordinary there. Gonna run that Seagate hard drive test tool now.
     
  10. odriscoll27

    odriscoll27 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    ok let ius kow what th results are
     
  11. Mieto

    Mieto TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, performed every Basic test with the Seagate hard drive test tool and everything passed.
     
  12. Mieto

    Mieto TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So umm.. Anyone got any more ideas? :/
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You have Windows installed on the C drive. Disconnect the F drive and see if the freezing stops...
     

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