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Windows 7: Slow response when copying

21 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 
Slow response when copying

Hello to all.

I recently bought a customized HP Envy 17 with windows 7 Pro 32 as a replacement for my older (also customized) Pavillion 9000.

I noticed that during the copying of files, the comuter can hardly execute any other task, it reacts like it is completely overloaded and chocked.

I could even play games on my older laptop with XP with only 3BG RAM during waiting while copying large amounts of data.

Any ideas on how to resolve this? The machine was supposed to be "flying" with the configuration it has (i7 Q840, 8GB RAM, 2x1TB Toshiba HDD).

Thanks in advance
Manos

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21 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

A 1TB hard drive has multiple large platters. To move data from one section to another takes a lot longer than it would on, say, a 80GB hard drive.

Also, did you say you have 32-bit 7 with 8GB of RAM. Since you mentioned it was a custom order, I figured I would inform you that a 32-bit operating system will never use more than roughly 3.25GB of RAM. I.E. ~4.75 GB not being used for anything at all.
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21 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 

Thanks for the quick response, Petey. It did not answer my question though. I have a feeling that the computer could perform much faster, but maybe a wrong configuration prevents it. The reason I say that is that I also have a desktop computer with windows XP, i7, and one 1TB HDD and it does not have the same problems.

Additionally, for the 8 gb ram, I ordered and received the computer originally with windows 7 ultimate 64 - there was no option for 32. But I uninstalled the Ultimate 64 and installed the professional 32, since all corporate licenced programs that we have in the company run only on 32. My super-dooper IT administrator said that he found and installed a program which cracked the prevention of MS to read more than 3 GB ram in 32 systems and he said that he tested it and works fine. Even though I do not know many programs that would need and utilise so many GB of ram.

Back to my problem, after I posted my fist thread, I copied again about 220 GB from an external HDD to my second 1 TB HDD in the Envy. This time I had better response, and I could work on the laptop in parallel. Logically, the problem appears when something is copied from / to the physical drive that my operating system exists. Correct?

I would really appreciate it if someone could advise me on what can be done to improve this annoying malfunction.

Thanks again
Manos.
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21 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

One option you can try is defragging the hard drive, but has you summed up nicely, when moving a large number of files to a different part of the same large drive (possibly moving from one platter to another, it is going to be slower than when moving between two different drives. Its not a malfunction, but physics.

You can use Windows defrag to defrag the hard drive. It automatically optimizes the hard drive as well (placing files in the most convenient location for startup and running commonly used programs). It definitely works better than previous versions. On a drive that size it will take time, but it will increase performance.
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21 Aug 2010   #5

 

@Petey7. Agreed.

It's a large drive and you obviously have a ton of files on it, since you mentioned copying 220GB of data. You can run a Defrag, You can run chkdsk /v and read the error log, and you can run chkdsk /f - answer yes and then reboot if it finds some errors. There are a lot of disk checking tools out there, if you want to verify that the smart features of your disk are working. But I think its just the fact that you have such a large drive and you moved a ton of new files to it. A defrag and check disk will probably help a bit.
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22 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 

Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate your advices. If anybody has any further ideas, please let me know.

All the best,
Manos
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22 Aug 2010   #7
whs

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Quote:
My super-dooper IT administrator said that he found and installed a program which cracked the prevention of MS to read more than 3 GB ram in 32 systems and he said that he tested it and works fine.
This is another one of those sagas. There is only one way to use the 8GBs - and that is a 64bit OS. As to your performance problem, that is clearly a busy problem on the disk and/or channel.
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22 Aug 2010   #8

Win 7 64 bit professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
My super-dooper IT administrator said that he found and installed a program which cracked the prevention of MS to read more than 3 GB ram in 32 systems and he said that he tested it and works fine.
This is another one of those sagas. There is only one way to use the 8GBs - and that is a 64bit OS. As to your performance problem, that is clearly a busy problem on the disk and/or channel.
absolutely on the mark. Time to start interviewing for another not so super IT administrative.
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27 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 professional 32
 
 

Thanks gentlemen, but the system gives me the option to start with the 8gb interface or not, during boot. I tried it both ways, still the same.
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28 Aug 2010   #10

Win 7 64 bit professional
 
 

Many different motherboards can have trouble handling too many sticks of RAM. Since you are running a 32-bit system, I would only physically install 4 GB of RAM. Try your system after making this change. It's a long shot but it could help.

Best of luck
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