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Computer disk activity makes conmputer unusable for 30 minutes after boot

When I boot my desktop, the disk activity light comes on solid. The computer is unusable untill it the disk light goes off. This generally takes 20-30 minuites. After it goes off, the computer is fine.

I have Windows XP, two 250 GB drives with lots of software. I don't want to do a fresh install, as I no longer have the Windows disk, and might not have all the software installs.

-I've run a process monitor, but it only shows Windows Explorer running.
-I defragmented, but that had no effect.
-The C: drive has 10 GB, so it's not out of space.

What should I do or try?
2 Solutions
I would suggest running chkdsk, it sounds as if there may be file corruption.   Open My Computer, right-click the C: drive, select Properties, Tools, Error-Checking, make sure both check boxes are checked and click OK.  You will get a dialog asking if you want Windows to schedule the error check for the next reboot, click YES and reboot.  CHKDSK will run and clean up any file system irregularities.

Also, some versions of Norton would cause this also, particularly NIS 2006.  Try uninstalling if you have a version of Norton older than 2008.
If the system is branded like DEL or IBM, That have a HDD dignostic toll in BIOS. You can try that also
check your ANTIVIRUS settings; many enable a daily scan on startup (AVG)
DickStoneAuthor Commented:
Did not fix my problem. But a good answer.

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