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 Post subject: Possible hard drive problem
PostPosted: November 11th, 2005, 5:26 pm 
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Just recently my laptop has been acting funny when starting up. When I turn it on, it starts up as usual. After I enter my username and password, it sort of freezes. It makes that XP Pro 'chime' when you first log in and then just the background shows and it just sits there for about 10-15 minutes before finally loading everything.

It then runs fine after everything is finally started up. I have no idea what started it either. I have done a Disk Defrag. and deleted a bunch of files, but that didn't seem to help.

So I click on My Computer and it said I only had like 50 MBs left on my hard drive. It can be right because I removed like a full 1 GB (like I said before) earlier today. Anyways, so I keep removing stuff. When I click on My Computer and see how much space I have left, it keeps lowering. I clicked on it said 300 MBs then a second later I clicked it and it said 250 MBs.

I'm thinking maybe a hard drive failure or problem. Possibly a virus.

Anyone else experience this before, or could help?

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To state the obvious.....did you empty your Recycle Bin?

Try to boot into Safe Mode and rerun your AV, AdAware and Spybot. If that doesn't work run HiJackThis and post your report in a tech forum.....most of those guys really know how to handle the big problems.

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agree to ^

also might suggest checking your paging file, running check disk, and seeing if there is any unusual processes running.

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i bet its his recycle bin too or if your using norton remove your protected files, hehe.

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yeah try to check you're recycle bin, and also check out at you're configuration how much you are allowed to save in you're recycle bin, i have setted up to 10% of my Hard disk, so thats at me 50MB.

Also i can be hackers are using DDOS attacks on you, so try those things what you did before but first un-plug you're connection, you can just pull out the cable out of you're network slot or close you're connection finally by plugging out you're modem.

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AS says give Dustin credit-he's smarter than what you think-As is guessing you have checked your recycle bin and that is NOT the problem...

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Haha, yes. I have nothing in the Recycle bin. I will try a couple things posted in this thread (that I haven't done already) and post back. EVP, what tech forum would you recommend posting the HiJackThis report at?

Thanks for the replies so far. This is very annoying.

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well there are allot of forums where computer issues are being spoken.

Maybe u should try this one: Tweakzone its a Dutch forum based on design, fotografie, and computers, i thought they had there also a English part.

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I only speak english.

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try http://www.techsupportforum.com

I don't really have a favorite, it depends on what the issue is. Normally, if I can figure out the name of the virus, I just do a search for that and see who has had it and what they did to get rid of it.

I have also found that Kaspersky (http://www.kaspersky.com), which is a Russian Anti-Virus, seems to get rid of things that others can't.
The only problem is that is an INTENSE resource hog, so as soon as you are done with it I would recommend uninstalling it.

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I run Kaspersky anti-virus and it did find a few infected files and I removed them but it still had the low disk space warning. It did bring the boot time down to about 5 minutes though, which was nice. But after about 15 minutes after boot, it says I have 0 MBs of space left. Loses about 1 GB a minute.

I turned it into my school, since it was my laptop, they will probably end up putting a new image on it or replacing the hard drive.

However, when I was in safe-mode everything worked fine and the disk space was correct. So it's probably a software problem.

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