High disk activity

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    John Hemp

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING weekend everybody. I have strangeness happening. High disk activity (100% according to Resource Monitor) for about an hour after boot (everytime the pc is booted). Thus, the machine is unusable (very slow response) for an hour after boot. Very high read/write activity during this time with svchost.exe, mscorsvm.exe, Mcbuilder.exe and MsMpEng.exe. HELP!!!!!!!!!....WHAT'S GOING ON!!!!!
     
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    pmfman

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    that sounds like a dead or dying hard drive. you can start by doing this right click on the hard drive > properties > tools > error checking (make sure to select "scan and attempt recovery of bad sectors"). this may help slightly by quarantining the bad sectors of the drive. however if it is more than a minor problem it wont do much... either way you should start backing up your files. if your hard drive is too slow to do this buy an external hard drive enclosure to plus it into another computer via usb

    essentially a bad sector will cause the computer to get hung up, sort of like reading a book and getting to a page that was erased and being too stupid to flip to the next page
     
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    I had something similar and it turned out to be a virus. However the power hungry application was a weird with a long sequence of random characters.
     
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