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Will running WindowsXP on the I drive (versus C)affect connectivity?

By jennajoy83 ·
I am having connectivity issues with one of the computers on my network. It will intermittently stop going to the internet, outlook and our inventory program which is a mapped drive off the server. The computer is running XP (SP3) and the problem seemed to start about a day and a half ago. I have physically shut off the computer and restarted it, disconnected from the network and ran a virus scan, checked to see if i needed to run a defrag(it keeps randomly telling me it has low disk space though it has over 100gb free), checked my firewalls, reset my firewall router. Nothing seems to permanently fix the problem. So now I am beginning to wonder if maybe because the C drive is now a recovery partition(the computer crashed around 18 months ago) that something is starting to act fishy?

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Low Disc Space is measured as a % of the Actual Drive/Partition

by OH Smeg In reply to Will running WindowsXP on ...

That is the Boot Partition. So it may have a 100 GIG Free Space but if it's a 2 TB Drive you'll be getting constant Low Disc Space Warnings as the System considers that the amount of the HDD actually used needs to be addressed. Ideally you need more than 15% Free Space on a Drive to get reliable operation out of Windows.

It will intermittently stop going to the internet, outlook and our inventory program which is a mapped drive off the server.

Here do you mean LAN or Internet?

Also how is this computer connected to the Server?

If it's through a VPN have you looked at the Modem it's End?

If you mean that you are loosing LAN Connectivity have you looked at what you have locally? A Hub/Switch issue, a potentially Faulty CAT Cable etc?

If it's a Switch have you looked at what's going on in the switch?

As for where XP is loaded provided that the Boot Files point to the OS it doesn't matter which Partition it's loaded on. So if it boots it should be OK.

Col

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by jennajoy83 In reply to Will running WindowsXP on ...

I definitely have more than 15% free. The computer is only using about 35gb and there is about 140 gigs free. I have checked the cable and reset the firewall VPN, I have also taken the computer off the work group and put it back on.

I just had a thought. The recovery partition (which is the C drive) is the drive that is popping up full. So could this be affecting things on the I drive (where Windows is currently running)?

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Well if the recovery Partition is full

by OH Smeg In reply to Will running WindowsXP on ...

And at the very least something is being written to it then you are going to get Disc Full Messages.

Not sure what's been done here as the Recovery Partition is always hidden and never written to during the running of Windows. If it's accessed that sort of defeats the purpose of the partition.

Now for the guessing part. Depending on what is being written to the recovery partition it could very well be causing the problem but this shouldn't be happening to begin with in the first place. ;

Col

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I think I figured it out.

by jennajoy83 In reply to Will running WindowsXP on ...

It was definitely the recovery portion causing the problem. I think a vital windows update by default went there and basically the whole computer then went goofy. I got it all figured out now thanks.

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