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July 11, 2013 8:39:23 AM

My computer keeps freezing at random intervals for about 7-9 seconds each time. I have malwarebites and avast, scanning now so that should not be a problem. Could it be my HDD?

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July 11, 2013 8:48:32 AM

To be helpful, I would need more information. What is the make/model of your motherboard, HDD, GPU, CPU, RAM, PSU? What operating system are you running? What programs are you running when the freezing occurs?
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July 11, 2013 8:49:42 AM

It my be a good idea to check the event viewer.

Also a program like CrystalDiskInfo can check the smart status of the drive and give you info to help determine if it is failing.
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July 11, 2013 8:56:01 AM

Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8110MB RAM
Page File: 4794MB used, 11422MB available
HDD: 2TB WD Green
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+
OS: Windows 7 Basic
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July 11, 2013 9:00:18 AM

Well using a WDC green for an OS drive WAS a bad idea as they are designed to be both quiet and SLOW. they also go to sleep after a very short idle time(this can result in about 4-5 seconds of spin up time after it goes to sleep.).
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July 11, 2013 9:02:59 AM

i would dump avast, it is a sack of crud and can cause all sorts of performance problems, i would get microsoft security essentials instead or the latest AVG if you want a free antivirus.

also grab ccleaner and run the file cleaner and then run the registry cleaner multiple times untill it detects no more errors to fix.
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July 11, 2013 9:05:49 AM

can you provide the temperature of your system's components?
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July 11, 2013 9:10:46 AM

My last hdd broke so i was forced to use this for my OS, but it works fine. For the temps im a cool freak so everything runs at 30-40 Idle 50-60 under load. I have security essentials not running, so ill uninstall avast then.
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July 11, 2013 9:17:00 AM

also, what is your PSU ? :) 
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July 11, 2013 9:21:21 AM

If you think that it MAY be a parking issue with the drive, see if CrystalDiskInfo has an option under Function -> Advanced Features -> AAM/APM Control. If it lets you Disable APM, it will keep the drive from parking until the next reboot. Please note that doing this can make ANY drive with a g-sense motion sensor report vibrations very easy(more of a test solution).
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July 11, 2013 9:25:18 AM

Im downloading crystal disk info and the psu will never be a problem, I got an 800w from a friend. Ive also got a thing that comes whith the mobo that monitors voltage and temps of everything as well as RPM of the fans.
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July 11, 2013 9:30:09 AM

I see 2 drives, one is my external, but neither can have AAM or APM disabled or enabled, the buttons give no response.
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July 11, 2013 11:27:29 AM

Damn, I guess WDC disabled the option.

I know my WDC Blue 1TB notebook drive had it(but it only had a 2 second spinup so it was not as bad).

How do the stats looks?
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July 11, 2013 12:32:55 PM

good, running at a temp of 30, 907 power on hours.
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July 11, 2013 5:19:16 PM

As long as all the other stats look good. I am not 100% sure, but do you ever hear the drive park the head when idle and then notice the lag time?

If you run something like HWmon, its constant checking of temps may also prevent the drive from idle parking(sleep).

Normally good drives do not cause slowdowns like you mention.
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July 12, 2013 5:34:13 PM

Can you please elaborate on what you have done to solve this? Was it parking? or was the solution selected by mistake?
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July 14, 2013 2:37:04 PM

I did select it. After installing that program and restarting it has since stopped. I don't know why, my guess is it was the restart but I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.
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July 14, 2013 7:47:48 PM

Are you still running the program(hwmon)?

Please keep an eye on the SMART status with CrystalDiskInfo if you can(check it once a day or something). Look at the reallocated sector count. You want this to be ZERO.

I am saying this because I saw a drive that was doing something similar and the owner thought it had been fixed by a defrag. That just triggered the drive to remap some sectors. As more bad sectors build up the drive fail very fast and data recovery was hard.

I do not want you to have to put up with a drive failing very fast.
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July 15, 2013 5:42:08 PM

...It says reallocated sector count 200. Welp.
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July 15, 2013 8:28:47 PM

You are only interested in the RAW VALUE column.

The 200 will go down if you start to get bad sectors and at the threshold it will warn you(or is supposed to) of drive failure.

If the RAW side is ZERO, things are good.

This is what a VERY bad drive looks like
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July 15, 2013 8:43:29 PM

Yeah okay so the raw value is zero, Btw nice drive naming: F:, C:, D:, G:, Disk 4....
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