Churning hard drive

  thewasp 19:14 08 Jun 2010

Got a laptop running XP.

When first switched on it spends around 10-15 minutes with the hd churning away and runs at a snail's pace before you can load any programs.

According to the processes, there is hardly any CPU usage, just the hard drive running constantly.

I thought it might be AVG but have removed that with no improvement.

After a while it runs absolutely fine and is fast enough.

Any ideas please?

  realist 21:04 08 Jun 2010

Unless it's relatively new, most likely inside is clogged up with dust around the heat sink and fans. If you google you'll find lots of tutorials on how to go about giving it a good clean.
Surprising what a difference it can make.

  woodchip 23:19 08 Jun 2010

I had that problem with a Medion Laptop. The Drive was a 4200 rpm speed I bought a Bigger and faster drive a 7200rpm, That means no more churning Drive

  woodchip 23:20 08 Jun 2010

It did that from new, I fitted the old drive in a caddy and use it for backup

  thewasp 21:43 09 Jun 2010

Thanks, the drive is also a 4200rpm, I'll upgrade that as it's only a 40gb anyway.

Does memory have much effect? It only has 512mb.

  Technotiger 22:37 09 Jun 2010

More memory will certainly make things quicker - your laptop will probably take up to about 2Gb.

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