low HDD speed

Seagate St3500841as
December 24, 2009 at 13:29:05
Specs: Windows XP
I have bought brand new Maxtor SATA HDD 500 GB (model: ST3500418AS). and replaced my old Maxtor IDE HDD, 40GB with the new one.
my main board is Asrock model: P4VM800 with two SATA port.
I have a 2.5 GHz Cpu and 1280 Mb ( acctualy a 1GB +256 MB on two slaves!!) of RAM.but when I run my xp windows it takes something about 4 or 5 time longer for windows to startup!!! Embarrassed
it also takes 9 min to copy a 1GB file from one drive to another and during the data transfer my Cpu goes 100% usage!!
more interesting is that when my windows is starting up, before the "welcome screen " appear the monitor goes off for 15 second and again gets On!!!
these are some strange events that happened after I changed my Hard drive.
can anyone solve my problem ??

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January 5, 2010 at 07:02:14
Actually I am getting disappointed from finding the answer here!!
But I want to share some more info that may help you solve my problem!!!!

the point is that I installed Windows 7 Ultimate and the problem is solved, copying speed is 70mb/s and everything is OK. but I want to use my xp version of windows due to problem with incompatible hardware in windows 7(sound card and etc).
Can anyone HELP ME please??

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January 5, 2010 at 08:21:10
How did you format the new HDD. Is it using NTFS or FAT32. You can check this by...

Right-clicking My Computer
Select Manage
Select Disk Management on the left
Look at the File System Column for your Drive.

If it is FAT32 then this is your problem because FAT32 is very slow on large drives.

You can also download a speed tester for your drive...


That being said, I think your problem may not be the drive but may be other issues. It could be a hardware issue.

Did you visit Asrock's site to see if there was a BIOS update available for your BoBo?

If it is a Software Issue then we need to know...

How did your transfer your old Operating System from your old drive to the new one?

After doing a transfer did you do Windows Updates?

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