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Old 10-09-2005, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am restoring a computer for a friend. My problem is it takes hours to restore windows xp home. i have done the installtion before and it never took this long, do we need to purchase a new hard drive? thank you!
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First, how old is the comuter?
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its a dell Dell Dimension 4550, not 100 percent sure but no more then 4 years old and no newer then a year.
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When you installed Windows XP before, was it on this comuter or another one?
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i have installed xp on this computer previously, and it was quick!

another on another computer and it was quick.
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I would check the mbr for viruses, i like to use Norton, then to be sure nothing is on the hdd, delete the partition, create a new one, format the hdd, not using a 'quick format' but actually sit and wait for it to do a full format, then install windows xp. if you don't have an anti-virus that will check the MBR then just skip that step. Also depending on the hdd size, it might take 20-60 minutes to format. I hade a 40 gb and it takes about 45 minutes.
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I did everything you said there, and i did use a the "FULL FORMAT," the format takes about an hour i believe its a 40 gb harddrive. still very slow on installing the OS.

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Default How to test HDD.

If you want to test HDD, try Drive Fitness Test. Very good test. I test all hard drives with this test first. Then I run Microscope (it's not free). First. Try fast test.
Second. Try advanced test.

Download it here.
http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm


CJ. If you need to disassemble a laptop, visit http://www.irisvista.com/tech/index.htm
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do you think it could be a over heating problem? or maybe the CPU might be defective, i waited the whole process out, of installing windows xp, and the mouse cursor lags like hell same with the typing in Computer name and organization.... ect ect.. thanks
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any other help thanks!
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