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Are you running defrag in safe mode with the screen saver and power conserv. off. Alot of times if you have something going in the background this can make defrag stop. Also, your os or file structure could be damaged from when you had a virus, sometimes even after you remove a virus there can be problems, think about when you take cancer out of a person. You may want to try a safe recovery, this will let you repair any damged system files with out having to restore everything.
 

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that model of HP has been to known to have HD that go bad. Sorry, if that turns out to be what happend to you. To run a safe recovery if you want to try it. Can de done by booting to the floppy or cdrom the typing setup at the C:. It will look and feel like you are installing windows on a blank HD but really your just putting it over top itself. Like redoing a potholed road surface.


Good Luck....hope your HD is not jacked up
 

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I recomend seagate HD. I dont think your PC supports ATA/100 so you can get a slower ATA/66 HD which will be cheaper. If you use the HD set up software that comes wtih the drive the slave master thing is not that important untill after the small HD is ghosted to the big one. You will not need the HP restore disk has the ghosting sw should make a perfect copy of the 4.3 to the 20. You will just boot to the 20 and it will all be the same except with 20 gigs of space.
 
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