Newly bought raptor acting strangely

So i just built my friend a new computer with all the bells and whistles:

Core 2 Duo
2 GB Corsair RAM
Geforce 7900

and a Raptor (the 150 GB version)

The drive was by all accounts amazingly fast to install windows on, and the first few boots were just as awesome.

But after the first day or so, the drive has been a lot slower, windows takes ages to boot, and games don't load as quickly. :(

The drive has been defragmented and has about 130 gigs free still..

This is not a small change, it is extremely pronounced...

Anyone know what's going on? is the drive dying? 8O
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  1. Check the eventvwr for disk errors. I doubt the drive is craping out on you, when you say ages what are the times related to a standard sata drive?
  2. I'll go ahead and check the eventvwr...(i only have access to the computer on the weekends)

    In regards to relative 7200 Maxtor PATA is considerably faster at windows boot.
  3. well... you didnt say anything about cpu usage, but i would say if the cpu usage is abnormally high (which could also cause things to take much longer to load), that he could have contracted a virus of sorts (even within a day)...

    it could be a driver conflict of sorts too, or a subpar driver even... try running scandisk... but, if the raptor doesnt show up with any problems in eventviewer or with scandisk, then i would begin looking elsewhere for causes to this.
  4. Run a full drive self test to see if the hard drive is healthy. Someone in shipping could have used it for football practice!

    Close down anything accessing the drive and run HDTach and report the speeds.

    If the drive is health and HDTach shows its working fast then the slowdown is likely software related.

    I would also run Adaware and Spybot to check for spyware which normally doesn't show up in virus scans.

    I am also assuming you scanned for viruses (if not I suggest Avast 4 Home).

    I am also assuming that before you connected to the internet you applied all the latest security updates and turned on a firewall. (Autopatcher XP is released monthly and has all the post SP2 updates up to its release).

    Its nearly impossible to update a pre SP1 system via the internet before it gets infected.

    SP2 with Windows Firewall enabled will probably last long enough, but I always Autopatch first just to be sure.
  5. Try updating the motherboard BIOS, change HD cable, and check powersupply.
  6. You didn't install any antivirus by any chance?

    You might've forgotten motherboard drivers, on old intel boards they were like an on and off switch, I suspect it's still similar.
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