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PC hardware health check software

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  1. switch_2012

    switch_2012 Power Member

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    Hi Chaps,

    My sony laptop seems to be really slow since yesterday and there is a some sort of noise coming from where the HD is located, ;m just wondering is there a software i can use to check if everything is working fine (Hardware) on my lappy?

    Please let me know,

    many thanks
     
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    It's most likely a mechanical problem, something that software can't check.

    However, you there is a slight chance there is something wrong on the software side, so check out HD Tune.
     
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    switch_2012 Power Member

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    @TheeAriGrande, thank you for the reply, but 'm not sure if its the HD or not, i need to find out what component is faulty so that i can make decision weather to replace it or buy a new laptop
     
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    Oh, I see. Well it's always good to defragment your hard drive from time to time. Clean out any un-needed files. Scan for viruses. Fix any registry errors. Get rid of unused software. Etc, etc.

    Anyway, good luck with finding the problem Hopefully, it's not a major problem.
     
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    Alright, first of all, no software issues are going to make your computer make noises that sound anything the least bit mechanical.

    Check your bios, you should be able to see temperatures, and depending on what mainboard you have, perhaps the current RPM rate of your hard drive. If it's a tick tick tick noise sounding like something is trying to move forward and retracts back, that's likely the head on your hard drive. If it's a whirling noise, it still could be your hard drive, perhaps it got bumped while it the computer was on.

    The first thing you should do is see if it's just a fan clogged with dust and blow compressed air into it.

    If you download HDD diagnostics and it reports that there's read write errors, and not just some bad sectors or fragmentation, then it can be as simple as undoing two screws on the bottom of the laptop (taller and wider than the smaller rectangular piece, but middle sized in comparison to your battery) and getting a buddy with windows xp\drivers or win7 reinstalled.

    If your hard drive is still running, and it's pre-win7 get it backed up so drivers can be pulled off it at least, let alone pictures\music\videos\bookmarks.
     
  7. tiyowan

    tiyowan Regular Member

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    1. Backup everything NOW.
    2. Check the status of the hard drive by booting into BIOS.
    3. Run the standard Windows disk checking tools with surface scan.
    4. Get TestDisk or something similar and run that just to be sure.
    5. Check whether Sony's got diagnostics software for your model. If so, run it.

    Could you describe the noise in more detail?

    - T.
     
  8. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    If you can hear a distinct noise coming from the bottom end of your laptop\netbook (unless you only have a solid state drive, which in case it would be a fan, either cpu or the mainboard which has all the heatsinks) you will realize it's the hard drive going.

    Back up anything of importance to you to an external drive immediately. From there if you don't have win7 pre-installed, download a driver extractor, so you can at least get the names of what drivers to manually download. Nothing worse than trying to find compatible drivers in the dark, with no network connection and a low resolution display.

    Again, attempt to explain the noise (otherwise turn it on for no more than 10 seconds to take a cell video of the noise) upload it, and let us hear it for our selves.

    I've seen many failing hard drives, especially with laptop\netbooks. Once you hear a HDD swirling to loudly, or it's head going tteiiiiiir-tick multiple times you'll know immediately.

    Either way, get that stuff backed up, and if don't have an immediate or fast means of doing this right now, don't turn the drive back on.

    As I mentioned about being able to see the HDD's RPM speed (5200 on laptops I believe), you can alternatively ensure SMART Drive is enabled, and if it is, it SHOULD provide a warning and prevent windows from booting.

    If it sounds more like a fast paced whirling noise that's be obstructed and not evenly balanced, it's more likely to be the sys fan or may cpu fan.

    If you're able to boot into Windows, great. Back up whatever you find of importance. But let me tell you again, if this is a pre win7 machine, or was down graded to win XP to run faster, you may not be finding drivers online so easy.

    Let us know what you think it sounds like. Fans and drive failures are quite distinctive. After
    you experience one of each, you'll be able to identify what it is.

    *** This is assuming you don't just have a disc in a DVD drive that isn't quite seated correctly ***
     
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