Hard drive always pauses for six seconds

February 5, 2011 at 09:26:53
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 512
In what seems like an all of a sudden event, my dear old Dell 8100 now only has Hard Drive activity about every 6 seconds. For instance, when it is booting up it will only accept 2 characters of the password at a time, then about a six second pause, then I can enter two more characters. It still processes correctly, but a download that says "30 minutes to go" took about 24 hours. So the routine is: drive active light on for about a second, off for about 6 seconds, no matter what the system is trying to do.

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February 5, 2011 at 14:11:53
Either hardware or software.

I think I'd try memtest and be sure the memory size reports correctly then I'd run maxblast or other OEM diag for disk.

Then I'd run a live cd/usb to see how it runs to get an idea if it is the software.

Other clues may be found in event logs or performance monitor or taskmanager or from tools from sysinternals.

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