Ok, I'm stumped. Starting recently (maybe a week or so ago) my system starting slowing way down. I checked all the usual stuff: running processes, spyware, adware, virii, ram use, etc etc etc. Even checked CPU and HDD temps. Everything appears normal from a diagnostic point. But in real use it's nasty. Songs and videos are skipping and lagging because the computer doesn't seem to want to keep up. I defragged both my primary and secondary HDD and that seemed to help but hasn't put my performance back to where it used to be. As I type this I'm listening to music that is skipping out (the songs are fine) and my CPU use is showing only 21% and ram commit charge is only 648/2928. Now, I noticed that reading and writing to my second HDD seems worse than on my primary (they used to be equal) and I'm wondering if this could be indicative of a HDD that is about to fail. Any thoughts?!?!? I just got this HDD less than a year ago so I'd hate to think it's crapping out on me. Please advise me on some things to try so that I might be able to nail this problem down. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, the ONLY thing that I changed on my system recently was to start using a USB card reader. I even stopped using that fearing that there was some remote chance that the machine just wasn't playing nice with it, but it made no difference once gone.