My laptop is about 5-6 years old. Its a Compaq Presario V2000, and one day, I went to reformat and reinstall. I booted from my Windows disk, and went through the clean install process. I deleted the partiton, and then went to format it with NTFS, and I chose the NOT QUICK option. About 20% through it locked up and froze. ... So I restarted and then I booted from the disk again and it wouldnt get past the "Searching for previous versions of Windows". So I was like, oh, great, here we go. Then I dug through a bunch of sh*t and finally found an offline bootable gParted disk, so I used that to reformat the partition, once again, I tried to boot from the Windows disk. Being stuipid, I decided to try the full format rather than the quick one, and the same thing happened. I went through the whole gParted process again, and then after I chose a quick option, and actually got through to the install. It was a modified version of Windows, called something like Black Edition (relax, its not a pirated OS, I paid for mine), and I'm using my product key. Anyway, after the install I had to deal with some BSOD's about Bad Sectors and unmountable boot volumes, but after a few restarts, they vanished. Now this is the strange part. Whenever I boot my computer, its fast as a bullet upon startup, but then like after a few mins after boot it slows down a ton, freezes up completely, then after its initial "warmup period", which is like 10 mins of not letting me do anything, its fast again, and I have no problems with it. Anyone got any ideas? ... Sorry for the essay.