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Partition resize=slow startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Crypty, Aug 5, 2006.

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  1. Crypty

    Crypty Thread Starter

    Oct 8, 2003
    Hi. Before today, XP would go from the login screen, to fully up and running in about 10 seconds, loading all of my startup apps quite quickly.

    I have one of those HP laptops that come with a quickplay feature. Basically this software resides on it's own partition and can be booted to quickly play DVDs or music. When I reformatted XP a little while ago though, I forgot to create this partition.
    To make room for Quickplay, I used Gparted (handy partitioning tool) to resize my XP partition freeing up the required 204MB for quickplay. I then installed quickplay, no problems yet.

    When I booted back into XP, it took several times longer to load my startup apps(trillian, zone alarm, AVG etc). It seemed like my HDD was severely fragmented. I used Diskeeper Pro 10, which said indeed it was severely fragmented. After defragging, I got the same slow startup speed. I ran diskeeper again, and it detected plenty of fragmentation again, after having just defragged. I then tried o&o defrag, which gave me much more realistic results(0.30% fragmented), but still did not make my startup any faster.

    A few things to rule out:

    It's not a virus or spyware, already checked.
    There is nothing I installed that would cause a slower start.
    The only change between fast and slow was the resizing of the partition.
    My processor is not struggling during startup. Usage stays around 16%. It seems to be the hard drive functioning slowly.

    Any ideas what the problem might be?
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