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Vista hangs up with extensive drive reads/writes

I have a laptop with Windows Vista on it. I have been running cleanup utilities on it for the last couple of days. I have noticed that when running a complete virus scan, a defrag, and now a scan disk with both options checked, that the drive seems to stop responding. The virus scan and defrag just seem to hang on a file and make no more progress. When you try to close the program, Vista locks up and you have to hold the power button in to get it to respond again.

The scan disk is hung on step 4 of 5 (verifying file data) at 12%. Hard drive light is off and no progress is being made.

I ran a PCBurninTest on the entire PC and then exclusively on the drive and both passed.

I'm at a loss. Any ideas?
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CuteadderCommented:
how new is the drive? been knocked or over worked recently?
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street9009Author Commented:
I'm not sure. I'm working on this for someone I know. I don't believe the laptop is that old.
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CuteadderCommented:
possible hard drive fault

some utilitys like check disk can tell the computer not to write to the bad sector

but that only prolongs it's life... you'll need a new hard drive in the coming months...
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CuteadderCommented:
Still in warrenty?

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street9009Author Commented:
Hope so. We'll find out soon enough.
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John GriffithConsultantCommented:
Go to the hard drive manufacturer's web site, download and run the diagnostic utilities.
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