Wait....is said hdd just being used as a storage drive or does it have the OS on it??
If the former, ignore my earlier comment and what follows, the drive is most likely dying. If the latter, continue on.
just brew it! wrote:
My money is on Ned's first guess at the culprit. Delete tracking cookies & Virus sweep or reformat.
That doesn't explain the spin up/down behavior though. (Not saying a virus scan is a bad idea, I just don't think it is the *only* potential issue.)
don't spread the myth that cookies can cause your computer to malfunction. Yes, they are a potential privacy issue, in the sense of ad networks and affiliated sites being able to track your movements around the web. But they don't leak data you haven't already made publicly available in some way, can't contain malicious code, and can't "infect" your system.
First off, I never made that claim. However, "tracking your movements around the web" will have a negative impact on percepted speed of the system while using the web. I feel that pr0n sites are a cesspool for tracking cookies and intrusions. If that's what this person is doing (thousands of web images??) a cookie sweep can't hurt.
Admittedly this has little relation to the spin up/down behavior and low transfer speeds described unless there are some unapproved communications happening behind the scenes. Should be able to spot that pretty quick by watching the Windows Recource Monitor for a few minutes. I always try to repair the problem before I go out buying new hardware, so I'd do a reformat before buying a new hdd (sounds like that's what the OP is already doing). Worst case, the existing hdd dies, but you already have a fresh backup from your reformat, so meh.
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