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Carl-P.G

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I just formatted my C: drive and installed windows on it but everything runs slow and I don't think if it is a spyware issue because well, I just formatted...

Here are my specs

AMD Athlon 2500+ 1.83GHz
768MB of ram

MAXTOR IDE 10GB (5 to 50MB pagefile)
Western Digital 250GB using PCI Card for SATA (1920 to 2500MB pagefile)

When I start my computer it takes years to load (like 5 minutes to load my antivirus, Steam and Xfire...)

When I try to open anything else too it loads like [bleep] as well... (a browser for example)

I would really appreciate your help if you got a clue of my problem.

Also, I just noticed in the Windows log, that error (it is there many times):

The device, \Device\Scsi\m52811, did not respond within the timeout period.

Before, I was using a 4GB Western Digital with the same 250GB setup and it was not slow like that...
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Tyger

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It sounds like the divers for the SATA card need to be reinstalled. From the message it seems to be looking for the drivers and after a certain time it doesn't find them and reports the message. Did you get a disk with the SATA card?
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Yeah, but the SATA disk works just fine, I see it in my windows explorer, can move files on it and etc. And the small program that came with the SATA card is installed and running fine. Like I said, when I had the 4GB IDE with the same SATA card and 250GB HDD it was not slow, is it possible that the problem is the Maxtor 10GB IDE?

Edited by Carl-P.G, 22 October 2005 - 06:06 PM.

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Hi,

Yes it is very possible, is this a used drive? Maybe maxtor has something on there website that you can check the drive.

Did you do a full format or quick format when you installed XP, this of course is assuming you are using XP.

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My uncle sold me that disk, he said it was working (which indeed is true, or partially...) and he said he had already formatted it using NTFS.

So when I installed it, I only installed Windows XP SP2 on it without reformatting it.
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I would reformat it using NTSF but use the full format not the quick, then install windows, if the system worked before with the other drive it should again unless this drive is bad but I would give the above a try before giving up on the drive
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Thanks, will try :tazz: (Tired of formatting over and over lol, oh well)
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