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. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!