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Windows 7: Macrium cloned drive REALLY slow

19 Jul 2013   #1
see3po

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Macrium cloned drive REALLY slow

I used Macrium v5 free to upgrade/clone a 250gb WD Caviar to a 500gb Seagate Momentus. The cloned drive is really slow -- slow to boot, slow to login, apps go into "Not Responding" a lot. I'm curious if someone knows the reason. It is quite unusable as it. I don't know if it'll get better with time as Windows somehow adjusts.

A little background, but probably not cause of the sluggishness. There are 4 partitions, from the factory -- HP Tools, Recovery, C:\, and something else (Win PE maybe?). First time I used it, I cloned as-is, which ended up with a large unused unpartitioned space. This is not what I wanted so I cloned it again, putting the "C:\" partition at the end and used Cloned property to specify Max space, ended up being 400+gb on the new partition. Both times the sluggishness is present. I have not changed BIOS or Windows settings, but Windows did install new driver for the new drive.

Any suggestions to narrow down the problem? Thanks


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19 Jul 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It would be helpful if you posted a picture of your Disk Management.
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22 Jul 2013   #3
see3po

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

whs,I have not ignored your post. I took a image of the disk management window 2 days ago, but was looking for a place to host the images since the forum seems to be asking for a link. I used to use picassa but Google has changed it and I have not figured out how to link it instead of sharing an album. Was trying to find another hosting site. Any recommendations?

In the mean time, I'm wondering if something else is going on: laptop, SATA-USB bridge, the 500gb drive. I've tried the "Check error" in windows 7, took 2.5 days to finish the 500gb drive. I tried cloning on a Thinkpad W500 using the same SATA-USB bridge but different drive, only took 55 minutes to do a 52gb partition. At the same time, tried another drive (320gb WD Caviar blue that came out of the Thinkpad), it's just as slow on the HP laptop. So just a bunch of experiments and only thing in common is the HP G72. Maybe USB chipset? But why would it be slow when installed internally? Now the original drive in the HP seems to be really snow too. Virus? I'm using MS Essentials the virus definition is up-to-date. Don't know, hate to do a clean install since it's the wife's laptop and she'll have to reload all the programs and data and she won't be happy with that process...
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22 Jul 2013   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

You can post images directly in SF:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

For Disk Management screen shots there is also this:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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22 Jul 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Where is your Disk Management picture. That would really help.
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22 Jul 2013   #6
see3po

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
here disk management

Thanks for the instructions. I was using the image icon instead of paper clip.
Is sfc /scannow same as the "Check Now" under drive properties - "Error checking"?


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23 Jul 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Your disk setup is standard. It shows nothing unusual. The next step would be to look into Event Viewer and see whether there are any particular events that need attention.

sfc/ scannow checks for corrupted system files and check now under drive properties checks problems on the disk.
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23 Jul 2013   #8
see3po

Win 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Anything from Event Viewer I should post?

Other than taking 2.5 days to finish, "check now" under drive properties did not show any errors, neither did sfc /scannow. I uninstalled a few programs, nothing major, and did a Disk Cleanup. In the process of doing a full Malwarebytes scan now; going to do a full MS Essentials next. The laptop seems responsive as far as mouse moving around, but sluggish in doing things like opening programs, installing, uninstalling, things like install windows just hang around for a long time and sometimes I cancel, but in fact it really did finish installing the window just didn't close.

I started to "End Process Tree" while doing the Malwarebytes scan before coming to work, don't think any of them helped much in scan speed, but that's just a feeling, not a controlled test at all. The number scanned items jump by about 7 every second or two and the file being scanned just shows when the number updates. I was expecting it to show every single file being scanned scrolling very quickly where I can't read it like on my old desktop.

I think I'm going to try msconfig and disable startup items too. I know people here don't recommend using registry cleaners, but anything I can do to declutter besides uninstalling unneeded programs? Is there some Windows system file that's grown over the years that can be cleaned up somehow?
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23 Jul 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I think I'm going to try msconfig and disable startup items too
That's a good idea.

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I know people here don't recommend using registry cleaners, but anything I can do to declutter besides uninstalling unneeded programs
Cleaning the registry in Windows 7 is a useless exercise and can get you into more trouble.
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23 Jul 2013   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM
 
 

Is the old WD Caviar 7200 RPM, and the new Seagate 5400 RPM?

You can look through these tutorials for some suggestions.
Optimize Windows 7
Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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