Sluggish hard drive
Posted on 2005-05-11
I have a shuttleX SK43G system running a Sempron 2500+ with 2*512Mb DDR333 and a Hitachi 160Gb SATA 150 HDD, I am running a fully updated XP sp2, and AVG free v7 antivirus. It all seemed to be going ok till this last weekend when it started going slow on initial hard drive accesses. For example when I initially load a web page (or right click any link and select open in new window) instead of opening a new window straight away and the contents of the window loading (with a speed depending on the site and connection ect) like my other system does, with this system there is now a delay of about 4s during which time the hard drive LED goes on, I hear 4 quick accesses over about 2s twice (like a floppy drive, only there is no floppy drive in the system) – then the window opens fine.
The hard drive light is constantly flashing, even if there is nothing running which is also odd, and sometimes when the system goes into screen saver mode the hard drive goes mad?
How can I diagnose the cause of such a problem? So far all I can think to do is reinstall the OS and pay careful attention to when/if the problem comes back?