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Solved: Backed up hard drive data - slow comp

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Praline, Apr 16, 2008.

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  1. Praline

    Praline Thread Starter

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    Hello, thanks in advance for the help.

    About ten months ago I purchased a new 150gb hard drive (E drive). Having a lot of stuff on my old maxtor 12gb hard drive, I had a friend install the new E drive while attempting to keep the old maxtor working. When this failed, I purchased a new 75gb drive to be my "C" drive, copied over the stuff from my maxtor 12gb, and planned never to use it again for storage beyond what is already on it, and use my new E drive for all my other needs.

    A couple days ago I went to install an old game (starcraft to be exact) and discovered I had an instance of the game still somewhere on my computer. While searching for this, I re-discovered my maxtor backup folder, which included everything I had backed up 10 months ago, including what appears to be the full version of Windows XP...meaning I (think) I have a copy of Windows XP on both my C drive and my E drive.

    Uninstall programs as well as add/remove hardware was not working for me, so I deleted the starcraft folder from the "maxtorbackup" folder on my E drive. I was then able to install the game and play, however upon my next system restart I've noticed everything runs a lot slower. Everything from opening new programs to switching worksheets in excel.

    If I haven't completely confused you yet, I was wondering if the changes I made to the "maxtorbackup" folder could be causing this slowdown. My secondary question is if the maxtorbackup folder needs to even exist anymore on the E drive.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    I don't see any reason why that folder should have any affect on anything. Some programs scan an entire drive to search for previous installations and would have searched that folder, too. But otherwise it is just a folder, doing nothing.

    If your machine is slower, I'd suggest running chkdsk /r on all drives. Some will be in use and have to be checked on next reboot, so just answer "Y" to the questions.

    Start > Run: chkdsk C: /r
    and so on.
     
  3. Praline

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    Thanks,

    Last night I ran chkdsk on the E drive and started a chkdsk on the C drive and went to bed. I just returned home from work, the compuer was at the main startup screen and doesn't appear to have anything resolved. Is there a log or something I should see?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    The log flashes by pretty fast. You can only read it really from a command line instance of chkdsk. Assume that it did its job. But if you want to know if there are errors, you can run chkdsk in Windows (Start > Run > cmd > chkdsk) with no switch (/f or /r) and it will scan for errors--it just can't fix them in Windows.
     
  5. Praline

    Praline Thread Starter

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    Hey, Chkdsk seems to have fixed it - thanks for the help!
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Hope so.

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