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Old January 28th, 2013 (3:48 PM).
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Copy over any files you want to keep to a separate drive (read, NOT software), format the hdd, re-install windows. Don't buy a new HDD until after you've tried this, unless you can't be bothered and have spare cash to throw away.

Also simply buying a faster, larger HDD will do little to improve the speed of your PC. If it still contains a 5400rpm then you'll most likely also need a new CPU and possible PSU.

but there are certain OEM programs that are loaded on start-up to ensure media-key functionality and the hard-disk parking mechanisms work properly
Hard disks don't require software to work properly. It's likely that it's just clogged up with unnecessary software and drivers which is causing your PC to run slow.
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