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Serious harddrive trouble

by Helfoss / May 4, 2009 11:31 AM PDT

I'm about ready to rip my hair out. I hope someone has some ideas because I've run out.

Ok, I just spent 1,300 bucks and built my "dream computer", which I've been meaning to do for years. About a month in, the computer starts running slower than an old windows 95. I of course first clean it of any viruses or spyware, of which there was hardly any. I see no improvement.
Next, I run the defrag and other windows tools blah blah blah. Still, no improvement. Lastly, I reformatted THREE times, 2 quicks and 1 full. It works fine for maybe a day and does it again.

At this point, I presumed the drive trash. I express ordered a new one to my dismay. A different model, from Western Digital whom I've always trusted.
This had solved the problem, I assumed I was correct.

Now, two weeks later, my new harddrive is having the same symptoms as the old. Incredibly slow boot up, trouble opening programs, and I can't game on even ancient standards, I'm talking sprites here.
I'm about at wits end, I sank way too much money into this for it to NOT WORK.

I need some help figuring out what exactly is causing this.
I've also tested the ram, so that's not the issue.
I'm going to be flashing the bios shortly, in the meantime toss some ideas around.
Thanks much.

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Let's cover the basics.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 4, 2009 8:56 PM PDT

You might have install Windows but XP and prior will not support SATA drives natively. You didn't tell.

But that's not the big issue I run into. Here it is -> The drivers you get to install after Windows.

Did the 1,300 bucks buy you a step by step guide to installing all the drivers?

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I'm not sure.
by Helfoss / May 5, 2009 1:30 AM PDT

Well, if it was an issue with drivers, wouldn't the problem have begun immediately and not randomly first a month later, and then a week or 2 later with the new drive? I'm not at all convinced that is the problem..

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 5, 2009 2:57 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm not sure.

It's a confounder to many and if you can't find the step by step instructions to install Windows proper then its a safe bet that it's either that or the other dozen reasons.

"I'm not at all convinced that is the problem.."

I will not try to convince you. I can only share what I encounter too many times. It's best to let people add ideas and then you can pick over which you think it is.

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