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Yaoda

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I have noticed a problem with my HDD. It transfers files between different locations/directories awfully slowly, slower than simply transferring to an external HDD. I'm not sure if my HDD is just weak or there is an issue. If it's just a weak HDD, can I have some recommendations for HDDs to add/replace it?
Device Manager-->Disk Drives--->ST1000DM003-9YN162 ATA Device.

Also, my computer takes ages to start up. It originally started up in mere seconds, but now it takes at least 2 minutes. After my desktop appears, I will have to wait another minute or two as everything is extremely slow, and opening a simple program like iTunes or Google Chrome takes about 10 seconds. In total it takes about 3-4 minutes which is dreadful. Any way to fix this?

Thanks in advance!
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Gday Yaoda, Posted Image
Please supply us with some information so we can best give you help.
What kind of computer do you have? a Dell/HP or similar, please give the make and model, ex. Dell XPS 530s.
if a custom build, the full specs please including the case and PSU.
What OS is installed? ex, windows 7 32 bit. Full Retail or OEM version?

Thanks.
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Is this sufficient?
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Thank you for the good info, Just need your case and PSU.

A very good build and should go like a rocket. As you suspect, I think also it is the HDD, not that it is weak but partitioned.
For best performance, the Boot drive should not be partitioned, even two partitions, (OS/DATA) degrades performance as read and writes are being done in 2 separate locations at the same time, having four partitions will cause huge delays.
A drive or partition should have at a min, 20% free space, this to allow creation/expansion of working files.
The slow start up could also be due to, Auto updates, unnecessary start up programs loading, software conflicts.

Please tell us what each partition is used for? Also Can you run Speccy and post the url for us
> http://www.piriform....file-to-the-web







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http://speccy.pirifo...XTycXf1d6Ubu06x

The case is a ARESZE G7650, however I have no clue which PSU it is.
I use Partition C for programs/software.
Partition D for Games
Partition E for Torrents, Music and some Adobe software.
Partition F for FRAPS and videos/movies.
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Thanks for the update.

Wanted the PSU specs to check size and output, looking at the volts reported, all are very good, so that is OK.
You do not appear to have any Virus Protection installed, or it is disabled.

You can improve performance by doing the following, should be done on any system but will not solve your main problem.
Remove older programs you no longer need or can do without.
Prevent programs that you are not actually using starting with windows, like, iTunes, Office, uTorrent, Apple, Adobe,
Look carefully at the Auto Update configuration in programs, some are essential, like Security, other like Speccy, could be done manually every couple of months.
Many services that start automatically could e set to Manual. A good source for this is Black Viper + more, > http://www.blackviper.com/

Some info, this one up to you, I have uninstaller. > http://www.lifehacke...d-do-i-need-it/ and this one I have left installed. > http://www.howtogeek...ble-javascript/

The best solution for you is a second HDD. The most practical is another ST1000DM003.
Backup you Data and any program installation files.
With one drive installed, the original.
Wipe the drive.
Create one partition, of 300GB, leave the rest as Unallocated.
Install OS and programs.
Then Install and configure the second hard drive for Data storage and Backups.
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