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Partition resize=slow startup

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

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    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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