Hard Drives have one running speed once they are fired up, unlike a car engine which can idle down when not driving. They don't spin down until the power is shut off, and that is after all data is safe and RAM is not shadowing data from the HD.
Hard drives making clicking sounds after shutting down is an imminent sign of impending failure of the heads. Replacement is the best thing.
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More likely a HEAT problem. The unexpected shutdown corrupts the MFT Master File Table and so files and folders 'seem' to be deleted, but they are really still there. A CHKDSK /R needs to be run on that drive, but will need to be done from a different PC or from a Boot CD.
If you don't know what I'm referring-to, you should take it to a local repair shop for data recovery. They could see about your possible heat problem as well.
500 sounds like a rogue registry scanner. Download and run CCleaner. It is a trusted program and will remove bad entries. If it shows 500, you probably have a serious problem that will require reinstalling windows.
Firstly install SP3 if that doesnt work you need to update your bios to get large disk support. If you dont want to perform any of these fixes you could simply split the drive into 2 or more partitions to access the full 250gb. Goto Control Panel/Computer Management/Disk Management you will see in there the missing gb's of your drive. Simply right click it format it and give it a drive letter.......Cheers from Scott
Check your motherboard BIOS specs. I know that Windows XP can see a larger hard drive but some BIOS issues could limit the maximum partition. (My XP box started with a small drive but I added a larger SATA drive later and formated it with the XP disc management software. One caveat: I was using SP3)
To expand your partition, try using a third party partitioning software option. These will often save you from having to reinstall the os (sometimes things go wrong but mostly they are good). I've had good luck with Paragon Partition Manager and Partition Magic (before it was purchased by Symantec).
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (Paragon offers a 30-day free trial of their Partition Manager software; however I am not aware of the limitations of the software.)
Hi, The best way to solve this is to back up your personal data to an external source such as a CD, DVD or external hard drive, then reinstall Windows XP. The most likely reason for the slow start up is missing or corrupted Windows system files.
Please let me know if you need any further assistance regarding the above info. Best wishes, Graemevm
Hell, Sorry to hear your having problems your analysis sounds correct but lets make sure it's not something else first. Can you give me more details on the drive Brand, IDE/SCSI, model number. Do you have access to a computer with a CD burner?
Check out any hardware that doesnot supports windows xp. remove that and reload the os. it works.
remove all the additional addon cards like modem, network card, printers etc., (just maintain only hard disk, cd rom and floppy drive)then install the os. once os installs add the components one by one to so that the os will detect one by one