Solved

Slow Boot  with USB drive connected. On a dell d620, difficulty accessing a western dig. usb 80 gig drive.  Win xp.

Posted on 2014-10-12
4
313 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
I had no problems using this usb drive when it only had a few gigs on it.  Now it's got about half of its 80 gig capacity in use and it takes at least 5 additional  minutes for the laptop to boot when it's connected and there are other related delays occurring.   Obviously it's an older laptop and that must be the issue - but anyway to get around that while continuing to use this laptop?

Note I am not attempting to boot from the usb drive.

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:lewiso
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 90

Accepted Solution

by:
John Hurst earned 200 total points
ID: 40376227
A USB drive connected is probably leading the laptop to believe it has to look through it. Some older machines won't even boot if a USB drive is connected. I have seen that some time back.

The solution is obvious while you are using an older machine. Remove the USB key at turn off. When you start up, leave the drive out until the machine is fully started.

Also look to see if your Anti Virus application is doing a full scan of the USB drive at start up.
0
 
LVL 23

Assisted Solution

by:Dr. Klahn
Dr. Klahn earned 150 total points
ID: 40376302
Some additional information will be useful to us, namely:

At what stage does the delay occur?  Does it occur during the power-on self-test where the BIOS is checking the system over and deciding what device to boot, or does it occur after the "Starting XP" text display but before the XP flag display, or does it occur after the XP flag display but before the login screen, or does it occur after the login but before the desktop is usable?

Speculations:

An 80 GB USB drive is going to be an older hard drive, and at this stage in its lifetime it may be starting to throw correctable errors or seek failures.  

I suggest downloading a copy of the freeware Passmark Disk Checkup.  See what it reports about the drive's status and expected reliability.  The program supports both direct connect and USB drives.  See the image below of a USB drive on an XP system:

new-1.gif
As drives get older they do develop issues.  Note in the image above that the drive is reporting it has a temperature problem which caused it to fail two years ago.  So take everything in the report with a grain of salt.

Check the system's event logs to see if any issues are reported related to the drive.  These would be found in the System area of the log.

Check fragmentation on the drive.  If it has been in use for 10 years and has never been defragmented, there may be some severe issues there.

Is the system running CHKDSK at startup against the drive?  If so, this would indicate an ongoing problem with the drive.

Run CHKDSK manually on the drive to see if the structure is clean.
0
 
LVL 91

Assisted Solution

by:nobus
nobus earned 150 total points
ID: 40376392
i would run a diag on the usb disk also, it may have problems
i use the manufacturer's diagnostics for this - most can be found on the uBCD :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD

go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP : http://cdburnerxp.se/

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
 
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/                        ultimate boot cd
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html             download page
0
 
LVL 90

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40414085
@lewiso  - Thank you and I was happy to help.
0

Featured Post

How to improve team productivity

Quip adds documents, spreadsheets, and tasklists to your Slack experience
- Elevate ideas to Quip docs
- Share Quip docs in Slack
- Get notified of changes to your docs
- Available on iOS/Android/Desktop/Web
- Online/Offline

Join & Write a Comment

I previously wrote an article addressing the use of UBCD4WIN and SARDU. All are great, but I have always been an advocate of SARDU. Recently it was suggested that I go back and take a look at Easy2Boot in comparison.
Create your own, high-performance VM backup appliance by installing NAKIVO Backup & Replication directly onto a Synology NAS!
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

744 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now