I have a Dell Latitude CPX laptop, pentium III, 12GB hard drive, 256RAM, and I am running Windows XP Pro. It runs slow as molasses. I have about half of the hard drive available as unused space.
I am a bit ignorant of the new things available that might help. One person said I could use an external hard drive, say an 80 or 160GB, that plugs into the usb port (there is only one usb port, so if I am using the external hard drive, I would not be able to use the usb for anything else). He says that would speed things up though. (Is there some kind of adapter that would give me 2 or more usb ports?)
Someone else said the hard drive is not as important as the RAM for computer speed. My laptop can be upgraded to 512 (two 256 memory sticks at about $100 each stick-OUCH!) I have two 128 sticks in it now for a total of 256RAM. But I don't know if the RAM upgrade is the answer anyway.
I have also heard of flash drives, 2.0, etc. but must admit, I don't have any idea what a flash drive really is. They also appear to need the usb port to function. I am obviously a bit behind the times, and would appreciate any input or help with this problem.
Edited by dustman, 28 December 2005 - 05:06 PM.