Disk drive failing?

  Kit1 10:00 12 Sep 2005

Toshiba laptop 400Mhz/128mb/10GB. W98SE stopped loading so I reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled W98 and it seemed OK. I have now installed XP Pro/SP2 and updates (it took some hours) and XP then loaded OK a few times but now it takes 7 to 8 minutes to start up with continuous disk activity which sounds like retries - there do not appear to be any other processes loading other than AVG anti-virus. Is there any way I can check if the hard drive or the controller is failing - I don't think any bad sectors have been reported.

  Diodorus Siculus 10:40 12 Sep 2005

I don't think the hard disk is the problem; more likely the fact that the PC is so slow. That really is the bare minimum for XP.

Wny not go back to Win98? Maybe WinMe at a pust.

  Chegs ® 10:44 12 Sep 2005

click here

Bottom of page is a list of URL's to specific HD makers testing tools.

  DieSse 15:15 12 Sep 2005

As Diodorus Siculus said - it'll be painful with that specification. - You can make things a bit better by going to Control Panel - System - choose the Advanced tab - and the Performance section - change to best performance settings.

Also put XP performance tweaks into a Google search, and check some of the top sites.

Basically you need to up the RAM significantly.

  Jackcoms 19:32 12 Sep 2005

Ideal minimum RAM for XP is 512MB

  woodchip 19:36 12 Sep 2005

XP Laptops a notoriously long to boot I am using one at the moment. the problem can be AV updating it's self, and the Drives are Slow mine is a 4200 rpm only. XP will not help

  woodchip 19:38 12 Sep 2005

PS mine is a 2.2Gb Celeron with 512mb memory so I can only imagine how slow yours is

  Diodorus Siculus 23:17 12 Sep 2005

[quote] XP Laptops a notoriously long to boot[/quote]

About 20 secs on a 1.5mhz PM with 512mb ram

  Dipso 23:41 12 Sep 2005


  woodchip 23:50 12 Sep 2005

Not on mine

  DieSse 00:02 13 Sep 2005

Perhaps you could post your configuration and programs - then maybe you can get some help to solve your slow start-up. ;-))

I'm not sure why an AV program updating itself should stop your system booting up - mine certainly doesn't.

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