i have two pata hdd. out of which when one is added, os take

July 23, 2012 at 01:56:00
Specs: Windows Vista
when i add a particular HDD the OS takes too much time to lo

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#1
July 23, 2012 at 02:03:29
A brand new HDD? Does it use the same IDE channel with os hdd?
Make sure all HDDs are running on ultra DMA and not PIO mode.
80 pin IDE cable must be used.

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#2
July 23, 2012 at 05:35:19
Also watch your jumper settings. Use Master and Slave settings and avoid Cable Select which was used to make it easier for computer manufacturers who had them all shipped to them set to cable select so their assemblers could just ignore the jumpers and assemble by wrote from diagrams.

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#3
July 24, 2012 at 21:56:10
Dear Sir,

Thanks for helping me. But let me tell you that my both HDD are ST340015A. The HDD in good shape is set as master and its transfer mode is selected as Ultra DMA mode5(From device manager). But the slave(problematic) HDD transfer mode is set as PIO and it can not be changed. Please help me how to set the transfer mode of slave HDD as Ultra DMA. I tried in CMOS setting but could not figure out.

Thanks,
Mohammed Akhtar.
Guwahati


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#4
July 24, 2012 at 22:59:48
How much is TOO MUCH time to load? 1 minute? 3 minutes? 5 minutes? More?

I've got a computer (not this one) that has 3 x 80gb hdd's and CD/dvd drive and it took only about 1 minute to boot. It is a Windows XP SP2.

I got another PC that has XP SP3 and 2 x 80gb hdds but it takes 5 minutes to boot but only because I got a lot of junk files multiple printers, and camera software and phone software, itunes, and a Fusion TV card and mp3 player software. I've had it for about 4 years and it was twice as bad back then but only because it had a virus and the programs would be part of the boot, the system tray was almost full.


What version XP are you using? Is it XP or other?
How many start up programs are in the system tray?
Do you keep folders and files that are not shortcuts on the desktop?


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#5
July 25, 2012 at 05:19:24
If the second hard drive is the 'slower' one and is does not contain your operating system then it cannot slow down your boot time.

In order to give you details about setting your BIOS settings, we need your motherboard make and model number, or if it is a factory built system, then we need the make and model of the system. This information is downloadable in your manual.

Slow boot times are most often caused by 1- too many programs loading with Windows, and 2- your hard disk is too fragmented.
To fix #1, Run msconfig and go to the Start Tab and uncheck all except Microsoft and your antivirus program, Apply and restart the machine.
To fix #2, start your Disk Defragmenter and run it.
Another thing that may slow down your booting is if you are running a 'heavy' avtivirus program like Norton or McAfee which are often referred to here as 'Bloatware' because they waste system resources. If you have one of these, consider uninstalling it and going to the Free version of Avast instead. In order to completely remove either of these two completely (so they will not continue to slow you down) you need to download their uninstaller from their website.
Another possibility is that you do not have enough memory (RAM) for your operating system, For 32bit Vista, you should have at least 2GB of memory installed.

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