My External HD (250GB) takes ages

Toshiba / Toshiba satellite
April 19, 2009 at 12:38:20
Specs: Windows Vista
My External HD takes ages to open and run on my Toshiba 120GB.
Is this normal? Should i change laptops now wiht more space?
I already minimized my laptops files to half of its capacity to see if it works better but still i think the Ext HD that has 178GB of files makes it slow.
Please advise

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April 19, 2009 at 12:53:12
If you are not accessing the external drive then it has nothing to do with your laptop slowing down.

Try using CCleaner slim. Get it below.

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April 19, 2009 at 14:28:35
Your external harddrive may not work properly when plugged into certain USB ports.
E.g. people often attach USB hubs to laptops, and there are many USB devices that won't work properly when connected to one.
See response 3 in this:

In addition, all 2.5" external hard drives require the maximum 500ma USB spec be available from one or two USB port(s) it is plugged into. Some 2.5" external drives have two connections you need to make to the USB ports on the computer in order for the external drive to get enough current, if the drive can't get enough current from one port.

Does your laptop have USB 2.0 capability?
If it doesn't the external harddrive will run much slower connected to a USB 1.x port.
If it does have USB 2.0 capability, do you have the USB 2.0 controller drivers loaded?
If you do, in Device Manager - USB controllers you should see at least one entry "Enhanced USB controller" or similar .
If you don't see that, you need to load the main chipset drivers for the mboard in order for Windows to install the USB 2.0 support

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