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Os Installed On Hd2


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#1 Dr. Joe

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 07:11 AM

Alright, When I got my laptop i tried downgrading to windows XP from windows vista. I have a dell inspiron 1720 (i know...) Anyway dell told me i could install XP without a problem. After I did they then tell me that the drivers wont work for XP which sent me on a tirade. After many unsuccessful atempts to reinstall vista, dell sent me a new HD (with windows vista installed) to replace the one i had. Due to their infinite stupidity, they sent me a HD2 instead of a HD1. I installed the new HD and throuh BIOS had it boot from the HD2. They let me keep the HD1. Problem now is that now the computer takes a good 3-4 minutes to boot up (It will show that screen with the loading bar at the bottom for about 2 minutes, then the whole screen turns black for a good 1-2 minutes, and then I get the sign in screen). It used to take less than a minute to do all this. I think this is due to the fact that its running of the HD2. Is there a way to fix this? I was wondering if maybe there was a way to swap the drives? Or maybe theres something I didnt do that would make it boot up quicker. Thanks in advance for any help. If it requires a complete format and blah blah blah then I can just live with it the way it is. The long boot time is just irritating. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:53 AM

59 looks and no responses?!?!?!?!

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 12:15 PM

Is this a dual drive and you're saying that you have two hard drives installed now?
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 01:35 PM

Right...my laptop has two hardrives and the OS is installed on HD2

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 02:04 PM

Put the replacement in the slot where the original one was and leave the other one out. Does that work? Is there still data on the original drive (like maybe a botched OS)?
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 02:11 PM

Wont work.....the HD1 is shaped differently than the HD2. I formated the HD1 to use it for extra storage.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 04:18 PM

The primary drive (the one with the OS) has to be in the primary slot. Any chance of posting a pic of the two? It's pretty straight forward in the service manual
http://supportapj.dell.com/support/
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 09:50 AM

Ok the operating system is on Hard Drive 2. Hard drive 1 doesnt have anything on it. My theory is that when the computer boots up it is looking for the OS on HD1 but doesnt find it and then goes to HD2. Even though I have the BIOS set to run off HD2 on startup, i feel that it till slows down the computers startup time having it on HD2 instead of HD1. When I first bought the computer it booted up and shut down within seconds. Now it take 3-4 minutes to boot up or shut down. I have AVG and Superantispyware installed and I do routine maintanance to keep it virus/spyware/malware free and running smooth so I know its not an issue with that.

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:13 PM

Every program or device installed on any computer...results in it getting somewhat slower at boot.

Makes sense, since :thumbsup: more drivers have to install, more startup programs, etc.

You might want to take a look at using a tool like AutoRuns for Windows - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx
for managing your startup items. Often, drivers and items which users believe have been removed...are left as residue of the boot process.

I use the Drivers tab and the Logon tab to prune my system from time to time. You will probably be surprised at the number of drivers which are operative in XP.

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