How come laptop Win7 C drive is never fragmented?

Toshiba / Satellite m305
December 22, 2012 at 21:01:40
Specs: Windows 7, 2 GHz / 4 GB
Hello all...

I reinstalled my OS several months ago.
Out of nowhere, my laptop has slowed down to a crawl.
I thought it was that C drive was fragmented...but there is nothing to defrag...0% fragmentation. Why is it never fragmented??
OK, I have THE worst internet connection there is (hughesnet), but
I do not have any other choice living way out in the boonies.
Now, I tolerate the internet being at a crawl (dial up would be faster),
but my laptop is super slow even to paste something into a WORD
document, to open pics, to browse ANYthing in explorer, etc.
I literally sit here watching the circle spin and spin for over a minute (that is why I thought the laptop needed to be defragged),
for each thing I wish to do (non internet related).
I have ALWAYS used the following programs even on my MUCH
older desktop that runs Vista and never had this kind of slow down.
BTW, I do not like MS Security Essentials, and do not have it on my laptop.
Here are the programs I have used and 2 newer ones:

Spywareblaster
Spybot S&D
Trojan Remover
Malwarebytes
AVG
CA- PC tuneup (newer one I am using and like it)
Ccleaner
Jet cleaner (newer one I am using and like it)

Now, having used these programs (not the newer ones LOL), I have used for years and years, never had any conflicts, so I really do not know what else can be wrong.
Even when I type in WORD or even notepad my laptop cannot keep up with the words. I have to stop and wait for the words/letters to appear.
Any help would be appreciated...thank you.

Never enter a battle of wits with an unarmed person...


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#1
December 22, 2012 at 23:28:44
Fragmentation only occurs if you are constantly installing and uninstalling software with various-size footprints on the drive in question., or constantly transferring & deleting files on it.

Check that your system hard drive is not getting too low on free space. That can slow down Windows.


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#2
December 23, 2012 at 00:43:14
Hi phil22


Thanks for the reply on the fragmentation.

Nope, system drive is fine as I ONLY have the OS on it, (which then explains why it is NOT fragmented, sorry...I should have realized that). But, I do have another partition for everything else. So, even though I partitioned my HD and assigned it another letter, could that still be slowing down the laptop because it is in fact the same physical drive?

Never enter a battle of wits with an unarmed person...


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#3
December 23, 2012 at 06:50:18
Win7 defrags automatically, though it won't keep fragmentation at zero all the time.

I take it you have used those progs to scan for malware, and that's not the problem. Make sure you do not have multiple programs scanning real time events at the same time. One good one is sufficient once the system is clean.

Now go to CCleaner/Tools/Startup and in each tab there look at what is automatically starting with Windows.and other apps. Disable whatever isn't seriously necessary. You can get an idea how much resources each one is using in Task Manager / Processes, which is a right-click off the taskbar.

Finally, go to Windows Explorer and right click on the partition in question and choose Properties / Tools and schedule an error check. The second option, concerning sectors, is the best, but I wouldn't do it unless you were fully backed up first. But the first option might be sufficient, and is safe.


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#4
December 23, 2012 at 07:44:55
Is the fan that keeps it cools clean and still blowing air out the vent? You have tackled the software side of life, but perhaps the unit is getting hot.....is it? Test the hard drive maybe it is dying, it sounds good, but wouldn't hurt to test it. You download the hard drive makers diagnostic utility from their website (western digital, seagate, toshiba,etc) and run a long test. Since the computer loads windows you can download either the windows or dos versions, dos versions require you to make a bootable cd, boot to the cd on start up and then run the diagnostic tools. Seatools by seagate will test most drives.

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...


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#5
December 23, 2012 at 07:49:15
If the fan is plugged with dirt or quits working, the laptop will heat up and get slow. If you suspect it may be a heat issue, concentrate on that as you do not want the laptop running long diagnostics if it is getting hot (and may take awhile), so I would check to see if it may be a heat related problem, if not, then move on to testing the drive etc.

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#6
December 23, 2012 at 21:55:13
I agree:
Heating issue - can slow down your system by throttling back your CPU.
Hard drive testing - to ensure no problems there.
Programs running in the background (though I use msconfig, Start Tab, to eliminate background programs).
Disk Clean Up (though CCleaner should also do this).
And:
Do you have enough memory (you did not specify)? Recommend 2GB min and 4GB preferred for 32bit (3.2GB to 3.5GB usable) and 4GB minimum and 8GB preferred (or more for some uses) for 64bit Windows 7.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
December 23, 2012 at 23:22:37
paul1149,

I went into ccleaner and disabled just about everything. I restarted my laptop and did notice a faster bootup. I went into WORD and pasted something into the doc and I did notice that I did not sit there staring at the circle going round and round. It actually took a second for it to appear.
When I did my format a few months ago, I always go into msconfig and disable all the nonsense that I know is not necessary...BUT, this slowdown really had me bewildered.
I also checked all programs and nothing is scheduled to run. Everything is ok. All programs (almost every time) come out completely clean. I really do not have trouble with malware, or anything else.
So, perhaps the problem is solved, we'll see.
Thanks for your advice.

Never enter a battle of wits with an unarmed person...


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#8
December 23, 2012 at 23:34:46
HopperRox...

CPU temps are fine...Speccy says CPU is 51 °C, motherboard is 47 °C and hardrive is 37 °C.
Also, I have an excellent cooler mat as well.

Thanks for your comment.

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#9
December 23, 2012 at 23:40:16
Fingers,

I do all you mentioned, I am really good at maintaining my laptop.
I do have the specs of my laptop that this site requires...right under my name and the date in my very first post it does say I have 4 gigs of RAM.

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#10
May 27, 2013 at 01:49:50
didnt check the date..srry

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