Reformat HD - Boot sector?

  Taurus 13:34 14 Jan 2007

Hi everyone, can anyone tell me if the entire hard drive is reformatted, including the boot sector when formatting? The reason I ask is that I recently reformatted because my machine had slowed to a crawl. I assumed that it was SP2 that was causing it as I have just recently reinstalled it after a long preiod without it because it had a similar effect last time. Removing SP2 worked last time and my machines speed was restored, however, this time, after reformatting the HD and reinstalling the basic Windows xp Pro and my basic software (MS Office 2003 etc) it is as slow as before I reformatted, possibly even slower. Could the Boot sector be the problem and if so how can I clean it?
i Havr tried removing bits of software one at a time to check them for problems but to no avail. Software problems are low on my list of suspects as I have only the software installed that I had on board when it was running OK. Any suggestions you may have would be welcome.

Many thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:58 14 Jan 2007

1. Software

Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

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

b) Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) 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.

d) Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Taurus 15:56 14 Jan 2007

Many thanks Fruit Bat /\0/\, I have already done a number of those things but I will try removing start up services, I,m a bit wary of this area because of, as you would know, the potential for crashing the system, but will have a go. Once again, thanks for responding

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