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Hard Drive making noise, computer lag problem Really need some help

Whats up guys!

Yesterday, I plugged my camera into my computer which instantly for some odd reason froze my computer which lead me to restart it by holding down the power button.

I didn't think of it as anything at first. The computer loaded up fine up to windows login. Once I logged in there was a hue lag problem. Literately, nothing worked, windows kept freezing up. I used task manager to see if my cpu or ram was being used up. However, turned out 100% of my Disk was being used.

I've used malware bytes to scan for malwares and have removed anything that came up. That did not fix it.

I also used HD Senteniel to check if my HD had any problems because my HD has been making weird noises for a couple months now (Keep note, my HD is around 5 years old.) However, it said that it's healthy at 98% and 100% performance.

I've done defragments on the drive, I've done disk clean up... nothing


What I also did was make a new user account. I logged in, as this did not fix it...it did run a little more smoothly. But still, like before 100% of my HD was being used and lagged persisted.

My CPU, GBU, RAM and Power Supply are all brand new...along with my motherboard.

The computer worked completely fine the night before.

I kinda want to try everything before I transfer everything to my second harddrive...
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  1. Hey there, Barrnet.

    First you should backup any important data which you might have on that drive, just to be on the safe side. Neither the strange noises, nor the unusual high usage activity indicate that the HDD is fine. After that, make sure that you are using the drive manufacturer's diagnostic tool to test it for errors and bad sectors and see if anything out of the ordinary pops-up. I really can't make anything out of 98% health for an HDD if I don't know at least the smart status and preferably have the results for a long/extended test (or whatever it is called for that specific tool).
    Other than that, the high HDD usage might be caused by OS services, such as BITS (background intelligent transfer service), Superfetch, Prefetch, Windows search as well as by malware or viruses (so you did pretty well scanning for malware).
    You could also try the drive with a different SATA port and different SATA cables, to see if the issue still persists.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know how everything goes.
    Boogieman_WD
  2. Boogieman_WD said:
    Hey there, Barrnet.

    First you should backup any important data which you might have on that drive, just to be on the safe side. Neither the strange noises, nor the unusual high usage activity indicate that the HDD is fine. After that, make sure that you are using the drive manufacturer's diagnostic tool to test it for errors and bad sectors and see if anything out of the ordinary pops-up. I really can't make anything out of 98% health for an HDD if I don't know at least the smart status and preferably have the results for a long/extended test (or whatever it is called for that specific tool).
    Other than that, the high HDD usage might be caused by OS services, such as BITS (background intelligent transfer service), Superfetch, Prefetch, Windows search as well as by malware or viruses (so you did pretty well scanning for malware).
    You could also try the drive with a different SATA port and different SATA cables, to see if the issue still persists.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know how everything goes.
    Boogieman_WD


    Alright, so there was only 2 bad sectors. Which isn't bad at all.

    Here are the SMART details I think.

    http://www.hdsentinel.com/storageinfo_online.php?lang=en&model=WDC%20WD5000AAKS-00A7B2&rev=01.03B01&id=WD-WCASY3548106&size=465%20GB&t=38&h=99&smart=0133C8C8NC9DG2F0315A3A1M12D9G2704G6161NC96G32058CC8C8S3307G64FDS2E09G3737M8141G320AG6464S320BG6464S320CG6262NB7FG32CHC7C7N4F8G32C1GC7C7NC85G32C2G6D5DO26G22C4GC8C8S32C5GC8C8P2G32C6GC8C8S30C7GC8C8S32C8G&s2=C8C8T8I51F6&seek=22.29x64.48x34.67&surface=9998x0x2

    I'm debating on reformatting at the moment, hopefully that'll help fix things and downgrading back to Windows 7 as I have way to many problems with w10.
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    I see, sorry to hear about that. It might not sound like too much, but usually when bad sectors start to occur, this continues until the drive eventually dies at some point. The even worse news is that it's impossible to predict when exactly this is going to happen - it could be weeks, months, years, etc.
    So go ahead and backup your data if you haven't don so already. Reformatting the drive is not a bad idea, but I'd recommend that you go with a low level format (a.k.a. Write Zeros), to see if this fixes the bad sector issue. Since this is a WD drive you can use DLG (Data Lifeguard) to do so and here's how: How to low level format or write zeros (full erase) to a WD hard drive or Solid State drive. After that you could run Quick and Extended tests to see if anything alarming shows up again.
    Note that after low level formatting the drive, you won't be able to recover any files so please backup in advance.

    Please keep me posted.
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