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Hard drive slowed down after i tried to add another hdd. It takes 2 hours just to get to windows xp splash screen. How do i speed it back up

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  • Paul Bade Mar 11, 2011

    What interfaces do the drives use (IDE - ATA-5 or ATA-6, SATA ...)? If the drives are IDE, are you using Master/Slave or Cable Select identification?

    Is this perhaps a newer system with the Intel "Sandy Bridge" chipset, using SATA hard drives? There is a flaw in the first run of this chipset that causes deteriorating performance problems with the SATA interface, particularly with multiple drives connected. If you have this problem, Intel and your motherboard manufacturer will repair or replace it for you.

  • nickkiblue Mar 11, 2011

    Yea i did that no luck! See i had a ide hdd that was faster than the one in there and i had no idea i couldnt do that! Im using a hiren disk to fix all my other issues

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I guess you have tried the obvious first step of removing the second drive you added. If not, then that is the first thing to do. You have not provided details on thetype of drive you already had and the type of new drive.
There are two (main) types of drive - PATA or IDE whcih use a 80-way ribbon cable (P=parallel), and SATA which uses a small 7-way flat cable (usually blue, S=serial).
SATA is the easiest to install and will generally always operate at high speed without any setting up.
If you have a PATA already installed and you want to add another PATA, you can either connect the second drive to a separate ribbon and the secondary IDE connector on the PC or more usually you would connect it as a SLAVE on the same ribbon as the first drive (because the secondary IDE is probably being used for a cd/dvd drive).
If you are connecting the second drive as a slave, it is important to make sure that the first drive correctly set as a master via the jumper links on the drive, and the second drive is correctly set as the slave drive. The 80-way ribbon is also labelled with connectors for MASTER and SLAVE.
Another important thing to remember is that a PATA drive MUSTuse the 80-way ribbon in order to work at the higher speed. If you replace this with the older 40-way ribbon then the drive will only work in PIO mode instead of UDMA mode and will become too slow for Windows XP to operate effectively.
If your drive is PATA then when you eventually get into Windows XP, right-click on MY COMPUTER, select MANAGE and then click on DEVICE MANAGER. There will be an entry in the right-hand side for IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Click on the (+) next to this and then double-click on PRIMARY IDE CHANNEL. It may take some time for a new window to open. On the PRIMARY IDE CHANNEL PROPERTIES window click on the ADVANCE SETTINGS tab. DEVICE 0 is the first or master drive, DEVICE 1 is the second or slave drive. Both should be set for DMA transfer mode and the current mode will be displayed underneath, which should ideally be UDMA mode 4 or 5. Even DVD drives should have a UDMA of 1 or 2.
If either mode is set to PIO then you have a problem. Check all cables and settings as previously described. click cancel on the properties window. In the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers list, there should be an entry for the Ultra ATA storage controller. If there isn't then again you have a problem, but in this case it is a driver issue. Try removing all entries in the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers by right-clicking on the entry and selecting UNINSTALL. Re-boot and hopefully Windows XP will re-install the drivers and set the drive correctly.
Also check in you BIOS for any IDE settings which may be PIO mode (not usually available, but you never know!)

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Try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs then click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f this should schedule to happen on reboot which will scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive or
click startcontrol panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer
then you should test or replace all leads make sure they are securely seated and are not bad/faulty that are attached to your (((motherboard to your hard drive)))
then click start all programs accessories system tools defragment your hard drive
you might have to install more RAM random access memory to check how much ram you have click start right click on my computer select properties you will see all imformation about your computer including installed ram
scroll to the bottom toolbar (bottom of screen) right click you can select task manager applications also processes you will see whats running on your computer you might have virus slowing your computer also select users you will see who is using your computer
hope this helps don

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Scandisk (Check Disk) for errors.

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