slow pc swop hard drive?

  krsna 10:27 10 Feb 2008

My pc became infected & I have run avg, antispy, & microsoft full service & I think it is clean now, but it is still very slow to launch any application but sometimes if I manage to get on the web it can become very fast but can get stuck again. I suspect the hard drive. I have 2 hard drives installed c drive is 40G with 26G full & contains the operating system & the G drive is 120G & has about 90G spare. How can I transfer all my c drive to the G drive & hence prove it is the c drive. Thanks.

  howard64 11:04 10 Feb 2008

you could use one of the cloning progs to set your larger drive up with the op sy etc. then swap the 2 drives to make the larger one master and the other slave. Obviously to clone the larger one you will have to have your 30g backed up somewhere else as it will probably be overwritten.

  krsna 11:39 10 Feb 2008

Is it difficult to use the cloning program? Can you recommend one. Would I have to change the links on the hard drives to change from master to slave. If I could make all the data transfered to the 120g then I would not use the 40g as I would still have plenty of space on the 120g drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:23 10 Feb 2008

If you clone the drive any problems onit will be move across in the clone.

The only way to be sur is to install a fresh copy of XP onto the other drive (if you have a XP CD).

or restore the C: drive to factory settings after backingup all your photos emails documents to your second drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:24 10 Feb 2008

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) 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

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:25 10 Feb 2008

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

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.

b) Divers
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.

  krsna 18:51 10 Feb 2008

I went to my computer to do an c drive error check & found that instead of an icon for the c drive there is a big red cross (X) the icon for the g drive etc are all ok, does this mean anything?

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