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How do you fix a very slow harddrive that is slowing down the computer?

Hello.

My 2 tb harddrive stopped working a while ago. I have some photos and videos on it that i would like to recover (and fix the harddrive itself if possible). When it first started to get slow, i had to take it out of my computer, since it was slowing the pc down. The pc also took ages to turn on when the harddrive was in the computer. I have tried to hook it up in a harddrive dock (usb3) and it has worked sometimes. One day i managed to move around 300 gb over to my pc. But most of the times, it just slows down the whole computer. Is there any way i can recover the data on the harddrive and/or fix the harddrive?

Thanks in advance for anwsers :)
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  1. Move the files over in small chunks .... delete the files from old drive after successfully transferred

    Delete any unneeded files

    Run Defrag ... assuming disk has 10% free
  2. you can always use a hard drisk diagnostic program. the HDD may be slowing down because it may have some bad secors on it meaning it will soon fail
  3. JackNaylorPE said:
    Move the files over in small chunks .... delete the files from old drive after successfully transferred

    Delete any unneeded files

    Run Defrag ... assuming disk has 10% free


    Yeah, i would do that, but i cant even open the hard drive in file explorer :/
  4. Best answer
    When faced with this problem, I have always (since 1990s) used Steve Gibson's tool

    https://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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