I've been experiencing lately quite a slow down in my OS (Windows XP). It used to be very fast and responsive, good performance but lately it's really been degrading in performance. I was quick to jump on the thought that there was a trojan/virus/etc. on my computer which was the culprit but after several attempts in trying to find the sucker I came up with nothing.
Meanwhile, I noticed once that when I was booting my PC, it was making some really funny rattling type noises which I was attributing towards something being loose but after a little while the PC being on, the noises would go away and I hadn't moved or shaken the PC. So, I started thinking that maybe it's my hard-drive going which could sort of explain the performance drop out of no where. These noises are consistently there when I turn off the PC for a while and then turn it back on. If I leave the comp running noises go away.
Some things that I'm experiencing right now is that sometimes my OS boot up takes longer than usual, logging into my account takes longer than usual. If I'm downloading something then my PC becomes super sluggish. Even moving the windows around at this point is irritating. When downloading finishes, the PC eventually returns to a stable state. Going to a website that is graphically intensive induces same behaviour of the PC. Sites take long to load but on my laptop through the wireless, they load considerably faster.
I'm leaning more towards a hard drive problem than anything else at this point but I wanted to get a second opinion on it.
I'll certainly appreciate any thoughts anyone has about this. Is picking up another drive and then imaging/restoring current drive looking probable in my near future?
Any fortune tellers here?
Thanks in advance,
Edited by xk8, 09 February 2009 - 04:35 PM.