how do i make my laptop faster?

  eysha 15:37 15 May 2008

Hi, would like to make my laptop faster. I have my harddrive divided into two and the D drive is extreamly slow at opening folders and showing the contents which are mainly photos, a folder contains around 300 mgs but takes a long time to open and then most times the contents doesn't show and it simply closes the computer down as if it cannot cope. I woul dlike it back to opening folders as quickly as when new so any advice/help would be appreciated.

  baldtaco 15:58 15 May 2008
  Halmer 16:15 15 May 2008
  eysha 16:20 15 May 2008

I should have said that it is windows XP, not vista.
baldtaco, i once tried cc cleaner and it messed up my computer. I did download Revo and that helped the C drive but the D drive is still very slow so how do i make that drive faster?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:46 15 May 2008

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

  Ditch999 17:03 15 May 2008

If its just folders with pictures that are slow then set it to show "List" or "Details" instead of thumbnails or filmstrip. Or use Tweak UI as described click here When did you defragment last?

  Belatucadrus 17:31 15 May 2008

I agree with Ditch999 if it's a single folder with 300Mb of images and it's trying to thumbnail the lot it can take some time. You could also try creating subsidiary folders so that it doesn't have to deal with so many at a time.
How much RAM have you got ?

  eysha 18:35 15 May 2008

I defrag regularly - weekly and check for errors too at the same time. My system is ntfs. I have a gig of ram. I can go check the transfer rate and hope that helps. Any more ideas? thanks for all the help so far everyone.

  eysha 18:39 15 May 2008

Fruit Bat, i just checked and it is set to DMA.

  eysha 22:40 15 May 2008

Marg7 you are wonderful - thank you so much. Yes all my photos of my art work - click here - are resized in photoshop. i followed your advice and hey presto - wonderful. how did you find this out?
Thanks you so much.

  eysha 16:41 17 May 2008

It certainly did and thanks again Marg7.

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