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do I need to replace my hard drive if my computer is going real slow or do I need to had more memory? Can there be another problem that is affecting my computer?
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Wakeup earned 20 total points
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You dont necessarily need to replace your drive unless it is faulty.  Or you are having difficulty with it.  You may need to add more ram...but depends on what kind of system you have... Adding more ram can help but doesnt always cure speed problems..
Can you give us some specifics as to the problems you are having ....what programs run slow......what runs slow...what kind of hardware you have.....Pentium....P2, P3, P4?  AMD cyrix?  or something....How much ram?
how big is your hard drive?  How much free space is on the hard drive?  Etc....Basically the more info you give the better I can answer your question!  Thanks!

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by:darkcloud88
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I dunno what you mean by slow but you can try to defrag your hdd with the windows defragmenter....
and try to delete the files in the temp folder or any files with *.temp extension...to free up more spaces.

or you can add ram...to your pc....if there is still an availbale slot for ram..

try look at the taskbar..if you see more icon in it...the more memory is used....try to close some of the unwanted application running background...

then i think can increase your performance kuah....

Scott
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by:kyokugenryu
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>>"do I need to replace my hard drive if my computer is going real slow or do I need to had more memory?"
NO, but your pc will run faster if you add more memory.

>>"Can there be another problem that is affecting my computer? "
It might be :
1- too many background application running on your pc startup. try close unwanted program on pc startup.
2- fragmented hard drive. run disk defragmenter program.
3- your free space of hard drive is less than about 10%. run disk cleanup to free up more space.
4- hard drive error. run scandisk to correct error.
kyokugenryu.
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by:escheider
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agree with Wakeup...please provide more details.
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by:cwhitby
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I would do a clean install of your OS and keep background applications to a minimum. This will be your fastest way to improve your PC's performance
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by:Wakeup
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cwhitby,

Usually the rule of thumb is to post your comments, unless you know 100% that your answer is correct and has/will resolve the person's question.  

First off you are probably new.  So I would suggest reading the guidelines and rules for EE.  
Secondly if you post your answer as a comment, the person who asked the question can decide to accept your comment as an answer.
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by:Wakeup
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rprincess,

Did you need any more help with this problem?  Or have you since resolved the problem.  Please let us know.  Thanks.
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by:leokhan
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dear friend,
           computer speed can be improved by upgrading ur processor.and ram.because these two things effect ur computer speed alot.
          another solution is that u use scuzy hard disk .its speed is far greater then oridnary hard disk.
         
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by:Wakeup
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rprincess,

Did you need any more help with this problem?
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Don't forget...some users think the harddrive is the entire CPU case...heh heh

-dog*
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by:magarity
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"some users think the harddrive is the entire CPU case"

And some can't spell to the point of being illegible and/or think something called scuzy is faster than a hard disk.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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heh heh...I'm going to have to check into getting a.scuzy hard disk.I am having a oridnary hard disk right now. magarity u shud upgrade ur processcor also.

-dog*
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