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Is An External Hard Drive The Answer?

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#1 Kimron


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Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:20 AM

My wife has a lot of photos on her computer. Her computer is extremely slow. Her operating system (and most of the programs) are on C drive. She has recently moved almost all of the photos onto D drive, with no noticeable improvement. Could we speed up her computer by placing the photos on an external hard drive?

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#2 TMacK


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Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:30 AM

Hi Kimron and Welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Have a look at our Slow Computer Checklist and determine if there are any changes you can make to the OS.

Why don't you transfer the photos onto a CD or DVD for storage?
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 12:37 PM

Are the C: and D: drives partitions or are they separate physical drives?
Did you defrag the C: drive after the massive move of files from it to the other drive?
Theoretically, the only time a lot of pictures files would slow down your computer would be when you were attempting to access the files or folders containing them, or when these cause another application (say your AV or some picture utility) to read and process a larger than needed number of files. If moving the files to a separate storage drive (D:) did not make a noticeable difference, the problem may well be caused by something else, so review the "slow computer checklist" to see if there may be a step there that would make sense.
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