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    Default Slow HD

    For the last few months I have been using a Samsung SATA 500GB drive. Replaced the one on my sig. Rest of the system is same.

    Think it's this.
    Newegg.com - SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

    I have 3 partitions

    C:\ 60Gb for OS and applications software.
    D:\ 120Gb for Games
    E:\ ~300Gb for mp3s/videos etc...

    I get the immpression that things are not as fast as they used to be or should be. For instance when opening folders with JPEGs or videos, the thumbnails take a very long time to generate... I have to watch them appear 1 by 1. And most often the folder is not usable until I give it time to settle down.

    Boot up times and game loading times seem ok.
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    Default Re: Slow HD

    From the sounds of things you are viewing the folder in thumbnail view. Unless you also have the thumbs.bd file already created (happens automatically the first time you access a folder in that view mode), it will take your system a bit of time to create it. This file is a small database that contains the thumbnails used in that view method. Try leaving a folder in which you have allowed the system to create those thumbnail images and then go back to it. The thumbs should almost immediately come up.

    If it is just the image folders that are slowing you down, you can also just simply change the manner in which you view the files. Change from thumbnail view to list of details.
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    Thanks Darth for the reply.

    I find that if I leave a folder and go back immediately things are almost instantaneous. But if I wait a while and go back later I am back to square one.

    Where is this thumbs.bd file stored and is it hidden? Does it get deleted when I restart, or run CCleaner? And what impact does Windows Live Search have on performance. It seems to be that half the time it is indexing.

    My sister is into photography so some of these are very high resolution images. Maybe that is part of the problem given that my processor is aging (see sig).

    ps- what's is your policy on bots such as the above.
    Last edited by Arjun; 12-20-2008 at 10:04 PM.
    Sandy Bridge Pentium G840
    Asus socket 1155
    Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR31866
    PNY geforce 9600gt PCI-E 512Mb
    HP w1907 widescreen LCD
    Creative sound blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD
    1TB Hitachi Deskstar HDD

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    The thumbs.db file is located in each folder in which it was used to store image files, and yes, it is a hidden file. It should not be deleted when you leave, but if you are using an aftermarket cleaning utility, it may very well delete the file as junk. I generally don't condone using this type of program because they are never set up properly out of the box, are a pain in the rear to get running the way you want, and are usually a resource hog. I can't comment on the Windows Live Search feature since I still use XP, but just the sound of it seems to scream RESOURCE HOG.
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    Default Re: Slow HD

    I use XP too, it is available for XP via an update.
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    PNY geforce 9600gt PCI-E 512Mb
    HP w1907 widescreen LCD
    Creative sound blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD
    1TB Hitachi Deskstar HDD

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    Ah, it is one that I did not install then. Try to disable it and see if it helps.
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    Amazingly this has been fixed by uninstalling Adobe Photoshop 7......... Don't ask.

    Guess it was running some crappy background processes.
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    PNY geforce 9600gt PCI-E 512Mb
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    Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD
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    Glad you got things squared away.
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