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HARD DISK READING VERY SLOW

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I AM RUNNING WINDOWS 95 B VERSION ON A 486 WITH 12MB RAM.. 540 HARD DISK. IT TOOK ME VERY LONG TIME TO INSTALL WIN95 (2 TO 3 HRS) WHEN WINDOWS FINISHED. I WENT TO THE CONTROL PANEL AND FOUND THAT THE HARD DISK WAS HIGHLIGHTED WITH A (!) SIGN. WHEN I LOOKED INTO IT, MESSAGE WAS THAT THIS DEVICE WAS NOT WORKING PROPERLY.. I FOUND NO CONFLICTS. I HAVE KNOW SOLVE THE PROBLEM BUT STILL THE HARD DISK RUNNING VERY SLOW..
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mkdjo earned 50 total points
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Your problem is your 12MB Ram. W95 needs minimum 16 MB to run. If you have only 12 MB, W95 makes a very large virtuell memory. This means, the data, which don't fit in the Ram is outsorced at the HD. So Windows has to use the HD very often to read and write.The Ram is much faster than the HD, so you normally don't notice what work windows really does.  If you want to run large software like word it will get even worse. And your CPU isn't very fast too. The best way is to get more Ram to run windows properly
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by:rmarotta
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parvis,
If the proposed answer does not solve your problem, please re-open the question so that other experts may provide a solution for you.

Now, right-click the "My Computer" icon on the desktop and then select "properties" tab.
Click on the "performance" tab.  Does it say something to the effect of "Drives operating in Compatibility mode"?
If so, let me know, and we'll try to get it fixed.
Regards,
Ralph

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parvis, any progress yet?
Ralph

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by:parvis
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I have been running win95 on another 486 with 8mb which is quicker then this machine. I have tried your suggestion but win95 does not find any problem.
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Has your problem been solved?
If not, why have you accepted the answer given by mkdjo?
Ralph

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