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It is always a good idea to reconnect every plug inside your PC case once in a while, especially when your case was physically moved or when experiencing sudden strange problems like this.

I have here a 2TB SATA 3 hard disk , that I had to remove from my server, because it made the system unbearably slow. None of the hard disks in that system would reach SATA 1 speeds. Neither Windows or S.M.A.R.T reports errors on it and I cannot even use it stand-alone. And it did this after only 3 month's of use. The replacement I got, did the same after 1.5 months.

Do you have another HD lying around that you can spool back one or both OS's back onto it and see if that is your problem?

Since I have been living here I do not trust the whole "slim-line" of Seagate hard disks anymore, or their hard disks between 501GB and 0.99TB or HD's between 1.01TB and 2.99TB. Seagate really doesn't sell their A-grade stuff here in the South Americas.

A couple of ideas:

Check the System Event Log in XP just after it boots - any errors/warnings?

Get SysInternals' AutoRuns, see if it shows a lot of startup stuff that is either:
a) not supposed to be there, or
b) an entry exists but the file/program is missing, eg.
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-4wd (October 01, 2013, 06:42 AM)
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That looks amazing! I hadn't paid attention to SysInternals lately since Mark R went over to work for Microsoft. But that copy/version looks brand new!

Definitely sounds like an HD issue. FWIW your regular 4 to 5 minute boot time is not normal for XP either.

I'm guessing something about your WinXP restore is confusing XP or the BIOS about your drive configuration on boot-up. Until that gets sorted your boot will be delayed significantly.

If it's something in software, running msconfig.exe from the run dialog will allow you to disable everything but native Windows startup items. If you're lucky, it will boot much more quickly - after which you can turn your startup items on one by one and reboot after each to determine which is causing the problem.

Also check your BIOS and let it know your "OS is plug&play" if that option is available.  If you're running Windows the OS should be allowed to handle all hardware identification and configuration by itself.

Also check your boot device priority sequence. Make sure you don't have nonexistent devices preceding the HD in the lineup. If you don't have a floppy, remove it from the choices. If you only rarely boot from a CD or USB device, put those choices after your HD in the boot device list. And if an option to boot from the network is on the list, move it to last place or disable the option completely. (Most PCs won't ever use that feature - and you'll already know if you actually do need it.)

Stoic Joker:
XP/2000 had a bad habit of dropping drives down to PIO mode, but I don't recall ever having heard of that effecting Win7.

After the machine boots slowly, does it continue to run slowly, or does the resource usage calm down after a bit. When the machine is slow does the CPU show 80-100% high usage? Or is it sitting at/under 10%.

I'm just thinking out loud in the direction of heat. Like something along the lines of dust buildup or a CPU/chipset heat sink that is no longer seated well.

I'm just thinking out loud in the direction of heat. Like something along the lines of dust buildup or a CPU/chipset heat sink that is no longer seated well.
-Stoic Joker (October 01, 2013, 12:28 PM)
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I would definitely look into this possibility. It would explain not only long load times for Windows but also frequent BSODs. I've run into this problem a few times with poorly designed cases that let a lot of dust in. Over time the dust can fill in the spaces in between the heat sink fins, blocking air from the fan from getting through.

It may be something else entirely, but at this point I would definitely recommend cracking open the case to thoroughly clean and reseat (unplug plug in) anything and everything. If it's a somewhat old computer, which it sounds like it is if you're running XP, I'd also clean the dialectric (thermal paste) off the CPU and heat sink and apply a new coating. Make sure to spread it as thin as possible because all it's for is filling in the microscopic air gaps.

Also if there are filters for the case fans make sure to give them a thorough cleaning to make sure they're not obstructing airflow. If the case fans don't have filters, especially any intake fans, I highly recommend adding them.


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