My desktop PC is a P4 3GHZ with one GB of ram.
Easily the oldest part of the comp is the Hard disk. I can’t remember the exact age, or even it’s age to within a few months, but it is at least 2 years old, So it’s probable a lot slower than today’s drives.
It’s been defraged recently and it has over 2GB of free space, yet the computer only has to be on with no applications running for me to hear frantic HD reads. And when I’ve got 7 windows open (quite common) it starts to struggle, with significant pauses between input and result.
This phenomenon seems to have started around the time I got my laptop (similar specs but with a newer hd and a better graphics card) so maybe I am just noticing the contrast.
when I do Ctrl-alt-del and look at the performance stats, the CPU usage is rougly 10% and the pf usage is around 200MB (but it’s currently 600MB for some reason)
According to Adaware and spybot my system is completely free of slime.
I realize this is a difficult problem to solve based on the above information so I will ask a relatively simple question - do you know of any good free benchmarking suites I can download that will test my hard disk (along with everything else) and give me an indication of how it compares to a modern hard disk?