Not sure if I'm posting this in the right section, but this could definitely be considered 'tweaking PC performance,' I think.
Here's my issue: I've been running Moo0 System Monitor on my XP Pro system to analyse how my computer uses it's system resources. My computer has been quite slow and I was surprised to find that it was not because I had too little memory or because my cpu was being overloaded. It looks like a hard drive issue.
Any time that I open a new program (Google Chrome, say), my HDD usage will spike to 100% for a few seconds and creates a bottleneck. During this time the computer is running slowly. It takes the program probably a good 20-30 seconds to load and things are just very laggy and sluggish until the program is fully loaded. Doing just about anything on my computer will result in these spikes and slow things down. I would like for things to be more fluid, but I'm not sure how to approach this problem.
My hard drive is connected to my MB via IDE rather than SATA. Could this be the problem? Also the rpm is only 5400, although I don't suspect that would cause an issue like that alone. If it's not a hardware/connectivity issue, do you know of any software that is designed to optimize hard drive performance?
I appreciate any help here. Thanks!!