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Windows 7: Just installed a new HDD, duel booting Vista/7 - [SLOW]

10 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
Just installed a new HDD, duel booting Vista/7 - [SLOW]

I should probably start off with my basic specs.
Intel Core i7 920
6Gb's DDR3
640 HDD
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit.

Alright, I just bought a 1.5 TB SATA HDD because I thought to myself in the long run it'll be worth it [I've used about 300Gb's on the 640 drive, which is the drive that came stock with the Dell system I bought]. I installed it just fine, and switched the SATA cables to run the 1.5TB drive in the 0 slot, and bumped the 640 drive down to the 1 slot. Booted up the 1.5 and loaded Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and that's all I've done so far - so I've been hitting F12 to boot up to the Vista drive over the past week. Well, it's significantly slower now - overall performance on the 640 drive with Vista just seems sluggish compared to how it used to run [it used to run perfectly smooth]. Quick example: Under the 'Pictures' folder I probably have 1.5Gb's full of pictures - now before it would take about a second for a picture to pull up [since there was so many in that specific folder] [any other folder with just a few hundred pictures or so would pull up instantly], now pulling up a picture in that same big Pictures folder it takes about 5 seconds minimum to pull up. So I'm wondering if I did anything wrong and why this drive is running much slower than it used to be. In desperation for help, thanks in advance.

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12 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7

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12 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 baby ! : D

To be honest If I were you I would just back up all of the data, and do a clean install of only Windows 7. Windows Vista, to me is a thing of the past. Windows 7 on the other hand can do everything Vista can plus more. It's fast, rock solid, and just fun to use.

I wouldn't worry about Vista anymore, besides most programs made for Vista will run on 7. So all in all there's no need now to be using Vista. You should migrate to Windows 7 and use it as your ONE and only operating system.

My two cents

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13 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7

Which I would totally agree with if I was partitioning one drive, but in my case I have two drives - old drive being the one I probably won't be using too much, but still. I just don't see how me installing a new HDD and loading a clean Windows 7 OS on there would make my old HDD with Vista on it slower when I boot up to that drive. It doesn't make any sense to me. Unless somehow the other drive is pulling some usage over to it even while it's not booted up and the 640gig is booted up. I have no clue. Reason I don't just dump my old drive and get rid of it is because I'm an audio engineer and have 100's of sessions on the drive, so if I ever need to go back and alter mixes in different songs I could boot back up to the old drive and do it.
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17 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7

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17 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

I don't understand the issue. Back up the stuff you want to keep from the "old" drive to the "new" drive temporarily. Format the old drive. Copy the stuff back onto it and format the new drive. Install 7 on the new drive. Use both drives now however you see fit. Sorted!
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19 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7

And I don't understand how you guys don't understand the issue. I've literally done NOTHING to my old drive, NOTHING - but yet after I simply installed a new drive and made this the secondary drive, when I use this old drive it's much slower in performance than it used to be. It wouldn't make sense to clean this drive just to load it all back up. Yes, if the performance has been $h1tty on this drive then yes wiping the drive would make sense. But considering that it was running perfectly, and did nothing to this drive but install another drive right next to it, it doesn't make sense that it runs slower than before.
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20 Nov 2009   #8


I'm thinkin BIOS setting, cable, controller... Check your Event Viewer>Admin view for repeat errors.

Also run the System Diagnostics on the Advanced menu you get by clicking Windows Experience Index link in Properties.

Try switching out the drives and see if there is a difference.

I think you made a good decision using BIOS to choose which you boot into, rather than dual boot, and I don't believe they could affect one another in that config, but slipped settings, bad cable or faulty controller/driver could affect one and not the other.

Post this in hardware for more expertise. We're installers here more than anything.
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