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Windows 7 PC Started Booting Slowly with Constant Hangups

TeamSharkie 2,837 320 December 13, 2015 at 06:32 PM
I was using my computer this morning and all of a sudden websites started loading really slowly and programs in general started hanging. They wouldn't straight up freeze, but when I tried opening a program or even opening my start menu, it would lag for a bit. I restarted my computer and since then, it would take forever to boot. We're talking 5+ minutes on the "Starting Windows" screen. It happens when trying to boot into safe mode as well. Now when it does finally boot up, it's even worse with the programs lagging. I've ran a memory diagnostic in safe mode but there were no errors. Does anyone know what could have happened? I'm at a complete loss.

For reference, I have a dual Samsung EVO 500gb SSD and Western Digital 500GB Blue. Could it be one of the hard drives is dying?

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Could it be one of the hard drives is dying?
That would be my first suspicion on a sudden boot slowdown. You can check the System log in the event viewer for events from "disk"

Also, I like to use SpeedFan http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php to pull the drive's S.M.A.R.T. data.

If you don't have a full backup of your data, you should create one urgently. Anytime potential data loss in involved, you should avoid writing anything to the effected drive until you have a full backup (this includes not booting off of the effected drive).
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I think it's the WD drive. I ran a hd scan for both drives and the WD had two yellow flags - "current pending errors count" and uncorrectable errors count". I'm thinking of just running off the SSD for now since I mirrored it when I first installed. How can I disable the WD drive in BIOS? Right now I see the WD as the master drive and the SSD as the slave. Can I change it directly from the BIOS menu?
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I think it's the WD drive. I ran a hd scan for both drives and the WD had two yellow flags - "current pending errors count" and uncorrectable errors count". I'm thinking of just running off the SSD for now since I mirrored it when I first installed. How can I disable the WD drive in BIOS? Right now I see the WD as the master drive and the SSD as the slave. Can I change it directly from the BIOS menu?
There will be some indication in the event log like Disk0, Disk1, etc as to the source of the error.

The simplest thing you can do is just unplug the power cable to the drive.
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looks like you got it figured out, sounds like a failing hard drive. make sure to make backups!
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Assuming your OS is on the SSD, unplug the WD drive and try booting, If that improves the situation they we can begin to diagnose the HD. If not try booting in Safemode and see if things improve.

Also do you have the samsung magician software? It can check for the health of the SSD.
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if i were you, disable RAID/change to AHCI or whatever, change SSD to first boot,
isolate the bad sectors of HDD, keep using it, but use Sync software instead
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Assuming your OS is on the SSD, unplug the WD drive and try booting, If that improves the situation they we can begin to diagnose the HD. If not try booting in Safemode and see if things improve.

Also do you have the samsung magician software? It can check for the health of the SSD.
I scanned with the Speedfan software linked above. Didn't get any problems with the SSD but the WD got a "read error" whenever I tried to run the scan.
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if i were you, disable RAID/change to AHCI or whatever, change SSD to first boot,
isolate the bad sectors of HDD, keep using it, but use Sync software instead
Since the data on both drives are the same. I was thinking of just reformatting the WD to see if that fixes the issue. If I just take out the WD drive, will the bios automatically default to the SSD and change that to the master drive?
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try only disconnect the power of the HDD, see if it can boot from SSD, if yes.
put it to sleep, connect power of HDD, wake it up. HDD should be there, format it, then...
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I scanned with the Speedfan software linked above. Didn't get any problems with the SSD but the WD got a "read error" whenever I tried to run the scan.
That only reads smart data which is good enough if the drive knows it has a problem. Some of the better software will look at every sector and take a lot longer to scan.

That being said given what you are saying I would run the WD diagnostic software on the WD drive since it's the most suspect right now.


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Since the data on both drives are the same. I was thinking of just reformatting the WD to see if that fixes the issue. If I just take out the WD drive, will the bios automatically default to the SSD and change that to the master drive?
Just unplug the WD to test.
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