Hard Drive too big?
by Stormsteel - 2/15/13 3:32 AM
I think I may have made a bit of a mistake when I replaced my desktops C drive. The original H/D was 160GB.
I now have installed a 1TB hard drive, it's up and running with a clean install of Windows XP home edition. The main reason for getting the larger capacity H/D was, I'm into photography, and as you most likely know photo's (especially raw images/files) can take up a fair amount of space.
The problem I find now is defragging, it takes so long. The 1TB H/D takes approximately 5hrs, and that's with only 30GB of data on it so far. The very first defrag took 22hrs. I assume the defrag operation has to go through the whole H/D that's why it takes longer than it did with the old H/D. If that's so, in hind sight perhaps I should have put an extra partition on the new H/D for the O/S only. Either that or I should have gone for a smaller H/D instead.
Can anyone please answer the following questions?
(1) Will upgrading to Windows 7 make any difference to the defragging time (as in making it quicker)? or is it to do with the CPU and not the O/S?
(2) Is it unwise to add a second partition now for the operating system only, since I have been using the new 1TB H/D for 4mths?
My desktop pc:-
Dell Dimension 4700. Processor Pentium 4 - 3GHz, 2GB ram, running XP home edition with service pack 3. .
Any help or advice would be very much appreciated!
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