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HDD running at 100%. Very Slow computer

  Tycho 10:13 25 Sep 2017

Here is the situation.

After starting Windows 10 (or Ubuntu) my HDD flogs away for minutes at a time at 100%. It appears that it is this that is the bottleneck causing my computer to take 10 or 15 minutes to settle down into a slow but acceptable (for me) speed.

I have measured the speed of the drive using Crystaldisk.


Using 5 tests of 100MB on the C: drive 79% full (233/297GB)

Sequencial Q32T1 Read 50.52MB/s Read 47.3MB/s write

4k Q32T1 0.484 and 0.996

Seq. 52.94 and 41.53

4k 0.370 and 0.974

Are these results absurdly slow or should I be looking elsewhere?

Computer spec: Windows 10 fully upgraded. Ubuntu 16.something. Incidentally, even Ubuntu runs not a lot better than W10.

Dell Inspiron N5010, Intel Pentium P6100 @ 2.00GHz, 8GBRAM, 64 bit OS, x64 based processor.

I have in the past run paid for computer cleanup program from AVG but I couldn't detect a difference in performance. I am running only the Windows Defender antivirus.

I always accept the proferred upgrades to windows.

Advice gratefully accepted!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:19 25 Sep 2017

Probably because the drive is so full.

Slow PC / Laptop

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware Free Antivirus software Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. see

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the +) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab. If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at 7">[click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives (DO NOT DEFRAGG A SOLID STAE DRIVE) -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 convert your system drive to the NTFS file system, if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. 7">Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Tycho 12:08 25 Sep 2017

Many thanks for all that. I will act on it bit by bit and let you know what makes a significant difference.


  qwbos 12:38 25 Sep 2017

Fruit Bat /\0/\

Time for an update? My Computer's gone. Computer Management now.

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