Window 7 System - Extremely Sluggish - 1hr+ to boot
Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:25 AM
Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:03 AM
Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:16 AM
Happyrock, I'll check the bios settings later.
OK, as I type this my desktop background loaded (icons to follow).
Edited by MSC2, 15 November 2011 - 06:16 AM.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:08 AM
Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:35 PM
As for operation, it's still very sluggish whenever I try to run anything, and I'm still getting the counterfeit Windows 7 message pop-up and inscription on my desktop wallpaper.
Edited by MSC2, 15 November 2011 - 07:35 PM.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:08 PM
Edited by MSC2, 15 November 2011 - 08:09 PM.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 06:06 PM
then try running chkdsk /r on the RAID...I personally had terrible and frequent issues when I had a RAID 0 setup
Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:48 PM
Given that, I'm thinking about one of the following:
1) buying another HD and installing a 2nd copy of Windows 7 OS on it (not RAID) and boot from there. I'm thinking I should be able to retrieve all my data from the RAID drives after I boot from the parallel W7 installation. Once everything is copied from my RAID drives, I can just turn off the RAID controller and use the HD's as data drives (assuming they're still good).
2) buying another 1TB drive and taking out one of the drives in the RAID and replacing it with the new drive. Let the RAID rebuild itself - if possible (assuming I have a failing drive and the one I removed was the problem drive. If not remove the other one and put the first one back in and replace it). Of course if the RAID control is the culprit then all bets are off.
Any other ideas? I figure choice 1 might be the better option, because I'm not really upsetting anything on my existing system.
Edited by MSC2, 16 November 2011 - 07:50 PM.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:58 PM
Edited by rshaffer61, 16 November 2011 - 08:47 PM.
Removed Malware advice
Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:06 PM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:49 PM
If you are still having issues after the malware expert gives you a clean bill of health, Please return to THIS thread and we will pursue other options to help you solve your current problem(s).
Add a link to this topic so that malware tech can see what steps have been taken here
Posted 16 November 2011 - 09:10 PM
If you think there's a chance of Malware, please let me know and I'll pursue it in the appropriate forum. but I had assumed that you had pretty much ruled that out.
Again, I thank you tremendously for your efforts, and I would still appreciate any assistance you can offer.
Edited by MSC2, 16 November 2011 - 09:14 PM.
Posted 17 November 2011 - 05:53 AM
I was actually waiting on the results from post 37 before continuing.
Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:29 AM
I'm trying to accomplish two things, both with great difficulty. First, I'm trying to backup data on my C Drive, and second trying to resolve the counterfeit windows issue. Neither is working very well this machine is so slow that I really can't do anything with it. Backing up data would take weeks at this rate, and when I following the FAKE WINDOWS popup link, it's failing to launch my web browser. I didn't have time to call MS last night, so I'll give that a try tonight, but truthfully, I don't know I'll be able to do anything to fix my computer while talking to them. Loading any application is ridiculously slow (Notepad takes several minutes. The START window popup takes minutes to appear).
I guess if you think that malware is a possibility it may make more efficient use of time to pursue that road first.
Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:31 AM
This can be accomplished without using Windows at all. Using a Linux Live cd bypasses using Windows and loads completely into memory.
First, I'm trying to backup data on my C Drive
Use Puppy Linux Live CD to Recover Your Data:
CD Burner (CDRW) Drive,
Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)
1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:
- Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-520.iso)
Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software
- Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer
- Extract All files to a location you can remember
- Double Click BurnCDCC
- Click Browse and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded
- Open/Double Click that file
IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x
- Click Start
- Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically
- Insert a blank CD and close the tray
- Click OK
2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second
- Start the computer/press the power button
- Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup"
(Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen)
- Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to:
CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd
- Open your ROM drive and insert the disk
- Press F10 to save and exit
- Agree with "Y" to continue
- Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD
3. Recover Your Data
- Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM). You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer". Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning. Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy. To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once. Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to. This is normal. Ready? Let's get started.
3a. Mount Drives
- Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop.
- A Window will open. By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted. Click on Mount for your hard drive.
- Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount.
- USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted.
- If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab. Mount it now.
- At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon.
- Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1
- Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1
- If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows)
- From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window.
Remember to only click once! No double clicking! Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy. Choose COPY each time you drag and drop.
YOU ARE DONE!!! Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer. Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations!
If you're doing this to recovery from a virus or malware infection, (or even if you're not), DO NOT copy executable files (.exe, .scr. etc...) if any of these files are infected you could be copying the corruption over to any new device/computer. just copy documents, pictures, music, or videos.
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