(a) Much is moving faster, but it still takes about 15 seconds 2 load a forum page and about half a minute & liberal swinging of the torch icon to open, say, My Documents.
(b) Both drives are formatted to NTFS because, simply, a 160GB drive cannot be efficiently run by FAT32. I read several places that the 2 systems are not entirely compatible, so I converted C: to NTFS as well.
(c ) I did move or copy data files from C: to F: and wonder maybe if that is having an effect on the PC's process of retrieval?
(d) I have no system file or any means of back up unless XP can back up to drive F: without it being dragged fatally into the format! Or maybe the XP repair tool can be downloaded from somewhere?
(e) I really want to use - C: (36GB) for system files and internet browsing and - F: (160GB) for data and user folders, large programs e.g. Freelancer and data-heavy online games such as Star Wars Galaxy.
(f) I lost Outlook Express by way of the Address Book being disconnected so I will have to repair OE, therefore IE, therefore Windows.
In summary I need to reach 3 targets:
(1) Retrieve the former quick performance of such tasks as opening folders and web pages
(2) using the 2 drives in tandem for efficient running of games with efficient game data file retrieval.
(3) repair Outlok Express and recover proper email history for all IDs without endangering the PC operation further by my own clumsy mishandling of a reload / format.
You are close 2 getting me there!
Please see me through!
Edited by Jon DeMassey, 28 December 2005 - 12:05 PM.