Slow Paste&create temp Files for CD

Dell Latitude d600
April 11, 2009 at 14:36:14
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.794 GHz / 1535 MB
In Windows Explorer, when I copy/paste files to D: (which is a CD), the process of creating temporary files (that later go to the CD in a separate step) is extremely slow. What takes a couple of minutes on my wife's laptop takes an hour on mine. Any clue what could be causing this?Thanks for any help, Craige

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#1
April 11, 2009 at 15:10:40
No room on your C drive?

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#2
April 11, 2009 at 15:26:04
Properties on my C drive show I have 5GB available space on my 40GB drive, so I wouldn't think that would be a problem?

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#3
April 11, 2009 at 15:34:58
Actually 5GB on a 40GB (actual 37GB+-) isn't that much. Defrag requires 15% free to even run. You need to free up some space and then defrag the drive.

Download and run CCleaner slim to cleanup your disk. Also, if you use system restore (default) you can turn it off and back on to remove all the restore points. Don't do that unless your system is running properly. I suggest you first use Cleaner and then reboot. Check your free space again and then possibly remove old restore files. Be sure to immediately create a new restore point. Then, if you can, go to Disk Management and analyze the partition to see if defragging is necessary. Get CCleaner slim below.

http://majorgeeks.com/download4191....


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#4
April 11, 2009 at 15:45:35
Thanks! I'm due for a cleanup, I'll follow your suggestions and let you know how it turns out. Craige

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#5
April 15, 2009 at 20:41:39
I've cleaned up my C drive and have gone from 12% to 34% free space. Then I tried the copy/paste to my cd again and cut it off after it ran 10 minutes (with plenty more to go) in creating the temp files, it should have completed within a couple of minutes. My performance is good for other normal operations. Any further thoughts on what may be going on? Craige

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#6
April 16, 2009 at 05:10:56
Are you writing to a CDRW disk? Are you using Microsoft's native program to write to the CD?

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#7
April 16, 2009 at 07:27:32
This is a CD-R disk. I think I am using Microsoft's native program, as I just copy and paste. I know there is a copy of Roxio Easy CD Creator in my system because the choice is there along with the other choices I have when I put a blank CD into my drive. But I cancel that out and do a copy/paste. So unless Roxio can get involved under the covers somehow, I'm using native Microsoft stuff.

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#8
April 16, 2009 at 07:39:15
What kind of files are you copying? Both the hard drive and the CD writer are on the same IDE controller. When you have that condition only one device at a time can be active. This really slows the system down.

Go to Device Manager and expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right click on the listing for the controller and select properties> advanced settings. Is the controller running in a DMA mode? Which DMA mode?

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...


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#9
April 16, 2009 at 09:12:01
I'm doing a backup copy of a sofware CD. Does the controller get involved while creating the temp files during the copy? this is where the problem is. Under the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers there are 3 listed.
>Intel...Ultra ATA Storage Controller-24CA does not have an Advanced tab
>Primary IDE Channel is Use DMA if Available--Ultra DMA Mode 5
>Secondary IDE Channel is Use DMA if Available-Ultra DMA Mode 2

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#10
April 16, 2009 at 09:29:38
Roxio also comes with a program that lets you drag and drop files on to the CD for burning. It overwrites the built in burning feature of XP. Go into your Roxio software and see if it is installed. If so try turning it off or un-install that part of the software from Add/Remove Programs.

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#11
April 16, 2009 at 10:03:11
I uninstalled Roxio, no help

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#12
April 16, 2009 at 12:55:21
Is this a laptop? If so, I am surprised there is a secondary channel.

To answer you question of temp files. Yes temp files are written from one part of the hard drive to the temp file folder. Then accessed again when you write them to the CDR. If you do that alot and don't use the CD drive much for anything else then I suggest you try using Roxio Drag to Disk. Drag to Disk is a packet writer that does just what the name implies. The best way to use it though is to leave the CDR in the drive all the time.


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#13
April 16, 2009 at 17:34:36
Yes, this is a laptop. Thanks for all your help.
Craige

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