Hard drive suddenly reads

By Quantex_rox
Oct 26, 2007
  1. My parents are having a problem with the family's computer. For some reason, it will be just fine, then the hard drive starts reading like mad for about 5 minutes, and slows everything down. I checked the PF usage and everything, and that all seemed normal. I have spybot and avast! installed on it, and ran scans to see if a virus/spybot made its way into the system, but nothing.

    Heres the stats:
    Dell Dimension 4600
    2.66 ghz LGA 775 Pentium 4
    512 mb ram
    All it says for the HDD is that is is a IC35L090AVV207-0, nothing for manufacturer (80 gig)
    TSST corp DVD-RAM drive
    128mb NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200

    This computer was custom made by dell in 2003, but it still has SATA connectors on the motherboard, but it only has IDE drives.
  2. Quantex_rox

    Quantex_rox TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 123

    BTW, it has Windows XP Professional SP2 on it
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Often it is a sign of bad sectors on the HD. Test the drive with the manufacturer-provided diagnostics utility to be sure.

    If bad sectors are indeed found, then you can mark them bad with chkdsk and make Windows work around them, but you should consider replacing that drive to avoid any nasty surprises in the future.
  4. mickzer

    mickzer TS Rookie Posts: 101

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