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Random slowness when drive swapped


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deefadog

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Hi, hope someone can help!

I have a pc, with 2 removable racks, one for my pc (work) and other for general family use.

So whatever one i want to load i just insert the desired drive in, pull out the other, turn on, simple.

But now and again, it's very random, after the family's Hard drive has been in use and i have switched off pulled the rack and put mine in, my pc is very very slow, it take like 20 secs for the start menu to apear and every action is in slow motion!

restart and it's fine, or sometimes after 2 restarts!

If i keep mine in permamentlly i never get it, so it has to do with the swapping of drives! - i have a feeling that it has something to with the auto detect settings in the bios, but i am not knowlegable enough to mess with this.

PC - XP SP2, 1 gig ram, 2.6 Ghz

Any ideas will be much appreciated

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Michael

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Can't you keep both on you computer, one as the master and one as the slave? I do not think taking them in and out would do them any good.
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That's the whole point so we have 2 seperate operating systems! which ever one is in, is the master (i have another hard drive inside as a slave for backups). I looked into various boot software and the switch thing you can get from the US, but this was the best option, and works really well, apart from the above question :tazz:
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I would never use a hard drive as a backup I know some one that did and he did not realise that the hard drive was going and when the one with his OS went he lost just about every thing. I would use Acorns True Image or Norton Ghost for backing up my computer and burn the backups to a DVD or CD. I have had Xp install twice on the one Hard drive is it just a matter of editing your boot.ini file so it gives you the option of which one you what to boot to when you start up your computer up.
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I've done what you're doing before--sort of....or rather, I set up a system for someone who wanted to take his work home from the office like this--two identical systems, and one harddrive.

It will not work for XP, but worked great for his needs (also satisified a need for off-site storage).

Anyway, I agree with you--I suspect that you are having issues with the ide controller autodetecting, though I would like to check the eventviewer before agreeing 100 percent.

Are they identical drives? If not, that would be a good start. Is there a bios update? Also, in some systems, there is a setting for an ide-delay--you might try setting that to 3-5 seconds if it exists.

What kind of motherboard? There may be another setting, as well....something that forces hardware detection.
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One possibility, if you are not turning off the computer itself when changing drives, is that you have stuff in memory that has to be unloaded before the files from the new drive are loaded.
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Hi Guyz, sorry for the late response!

Michael - Aswell as backing up to the internal hard drive, i also Ghost back up to dvd's :tazz:

I do have to shut down and swap then restart the PC, i daren't remove one drive when it's running

gerryf - Want is the "eventviewer" and how do i access info i can show you? - they are not identical drives, different makes, different capcities. I will ahve to get back to you on want mother board it is, I have forgoten :)

Also forgot to mention it's XP pro (if that makes a difference).

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To get to event viewer go
Start < run and type eventvwr.msc

If you Ghost backup to DVD why to you need the internal drive for backups?
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Thanks, - i'll get the log on here when it next happens - do you want a log from when it is good to compare?

I backup all my impornant work/job files & images etc to the internal hard drive aswell, because it better to have 2 backups than one, and if the ghost file goes corrupt! (or my daughter decides to eat it) :tazz: LoL

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Michael - at last I captured the eventview info for you, i have it in a text file or the .evt version, which one would you like? i have 2 versions - one when the pc is fine the other when it is going slow!

I can't copy and paste it here as it's very long!

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