I seem to remember reading a few months ago how you can make the HD work faster but may make it slightly unstable?
I Googled it and couldn't find the exact one but i did find this:
Am i being stupid here or is it worth doing please?
Hmmm....I see that my HD is NTFS.
That's what mine has always been set to without any problems.
NTFS is faster and more efficient than Fat32 (although if using XP a fat32 drive will give a faster shutdown time)
Write caching is enabled by default in Windows
IDE drives are slow if in PIO mode and need to be rest to DMA mode 5 if possible (not applicable to SATA drives, which is one of the reasons IDE HDDs are almost unavailable)
Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble finding the relevance between the info in the above posts? Each makes sense on it's own, but.....
Hmmm.....I just thought that was because I have limited intelligence? :0)
So, please can I confirm that there is a way to 'speed up' a NTFS HD?
Works for XP
Run SYSEDIT.EXE from the Run command.
Expand the system.ini file window.
Scroll down almost to the end of the file till you find a line called [386enh].
Press Enter to make one blank line, and in that line type
Note: This line IS CASE SENSITIVE!!!
Click on the File menu, then choose Save.
Close SYSEDIT and reboot your computer.
Having enough memory and keeping the pagefile to a minimum helps
Using USB sticks as ready boost has the same effect
Enabling write caching as previously stated.
Making sure the drive is defragged so file location is quicker
Also getting your initial partition size right is supposed to help (seems to work for my XP machine run it in a 10g partition) and pagefile on a separate drive.
Apologies, I have made the schoolboy error of not stating that my laptop is Vista! I am sory for this! :0(
The theory is the same for all windows versions. except XP cannot use ready boost.
I typed SYSEDIT.EXE in to Run and got multiple windows up with the message 'C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT. Cannot open this file'?
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