Solved Slow performance and browsing.

January 1, 2013 at 14:55:47
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3, 512 MB
My 12-year old Gateway PC has a C: drive and a D: drive. I used to have Windows basic files on the C: and added software on the much larger D:. After it crashed, a local non-English speaking tech "fixed" it but rather than have the two drives as on one computer, he did something that when I boot up I have to choose between the two. I have Windows XP installed on both which takes up a lot of space and RAM. How do I make it as one PC again?

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#1
January 1, 2013 at 15:33:29
You need to see on which partition each installation is on, which one works better, and which has your personal files on it. Since each installation will consider the partition it is installed on as C drive when it is active and the other probably as D (or E) drive, you will need to go by partition sizes to keep it straight. It probably would be best to back up your personal files, delete all partitions, repartition, format, and reinstall XP, followed by copying back your files. Depending on the combinations, you may be able to back up your files, delete one partition, possible resize the other, create the other partition, format it and put back your files. You also probably will need to use msconfig to remove the second installation from your boot up options and select the other as default. Depending on your combination, this should be possible, but more difficult to keep things straight in your head. You also will probably need a partition program that will work outside of Windows since XP's Disk Manager cannot resize its partition and you may need to move the remaining partition to the beginning (outside) of the disk since XP would prefer this and it will leave you an easier single space for your other partition. Like I said, it might be easier to start over.

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#2
January 1, 2013 at 16:36:30
Just want to make sure you understand that I have two separate hard drives. I added the second one when I started adding programs. Do I not have to somehow change those wide, flat wires and reconnect them differently?

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#3
January 1, 2013 at 20:26:25
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Sorry, that was not clear. No, you do not need to do anything to the IDE cables and as long as both drives are recognized, you do not need to change jumpers or anything. Otherwise the instructions are similar except that if each 'drive' is on separate hard drives, you are not going to need to resize or move partitions, just probably reformat one. It is better if the operating system is on the hard drive that is set to 'Master', but it should work either way.

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#4
January 2, 2013 at 06:37:02
Thanks. That sounds better. The C: drive is the original and smaller of the two. I have nothing on the D: drive that I can't eliminate by formatting and reinstall. I only keep the PC for my kids games and studies. I would just need to reinstall Word, Norton, and maybe one or two other bits of software for which I have the discs. I'll follow your instructions the first chance I get.

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January 6, 2013 at 20:00:48
I followed your instructions and it's fine now. It boots on the C: drive and the D: drive is almost completely empty. Thanks a lot.
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