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Win 2K speed help

By Senior Program Analyst ·
Ive noticed most PCs Ive installed 2k on which were prior NT4 or Win95 have slowed. I realize that 2k is a much more intensive OS therefor expect it to be slower somewhat.
Question: On windows 95 I found working faster when I split my disk drive into 2 (C: & ) then put the Memory paging file onto - Anyone know if there have been any studies showing this and would it help 2K (using NTFS). Should I return to Fat32 instead of NTFS? or any other suggestions like these to speed up 2K operations?

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by w2ktechman In reply to Win 2K speed help

First I would look at the RAM installed, if it is 128 or less, Win2k will see a big improvement by adding more. Also, look at the CPU. Win2k will operate on many, but 400Mhz is the min. that I would expect to put it on in a business environment. And then only with at least 256 RAM. Also, the size and speed of the HDD will affect its performance as well.
The speed improvement for splitting the drives like you say will be there, but it would be minor, and not really worth the trouble. A good defrag may help a bit as well. But adding a second HDD (physical) should benefit.
Although NTFS is a bit slower (not much), I recommend to keep it in place.

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by Senior Program Analyst In reply to

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I agree with keeping it in place thanks for the info. I think my biggest problems are the memory and on the particular machine which prompted me to research further is a 400mhz so definetly will be on my list of upgrades this year.

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by CptOmlly In reply to Win 2K speed help

I would say that this depends on the specific hardware setup you have in the PC. Some may gain one change or the other, but in my experience, these gains have been minimal at best. You would probably be better off adding more RAM, as the system requirements for Windows 2000 are higher (128 MB at least).

Here's some documentation on moving the page file: http://tinyurl.com/25az5

Here is some documentation for NTFS vs. FAT/FAT32: http://tinyurl.com/c8x0

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by Senior Program Analyst In reply to

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Thanks for the references some good info there.

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by Antknee26 In reply to Win 2K speed help

Besides the answers already given, set your video settings to a minimum such as 800x600 16bit. Also disable or set to manual any services you won' or don't use. You can also us an XP msconfig to modify your start up programs in 2K.

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by Senior Program Analyst In reply to

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I hadnt thought about the video - good suggestion

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by csmith In reply to Win 2K speed help

One of the symptoms of low memory is, when putting the paging file of Win95 on a separate partition speeds up the PC.
This means that even your older PCs are short of RAM.
That leads me to think all of your PCs have the same problem.
RAM is inexpensive in todays market.
The minimum installed should be 256 Meg.
The only way a separate partition for Paging and Temporary Files should be able to speed up the system is, when the partition is located on a hard drive, that is on a different IDE controller than C:
For low RAM systems, a handy utility is Cacheman.
(Free download from www.cnet.com)
(Cnet is the parent of TechRepublic)
The Disk Cache for work stations should be twice the hardware cache on the hard drive, but you can set it even lower.
A typical hard drive has 4 Meg Cache, so the setting would be 8 meg Max with 2 Meg Min.
(You can look up the installed hardware cache for your hard drive on the manufacturers' website. It is one of the specifications.)
Note: this is for workstations.
The cache of a server is set according to installed RAM.
Regards, Chris

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by Senior Program Analyst In reply to

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Thanks for the references - will have to check out the cacheman and the caches

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by rostman In reply to Win 2K speed help

You're on the money. Especially with the page.sys on the second partition. MS recommends this.

However, unlike FAT 16 or 32, spliting the drives to make the blocks smaller is not necessary with NTSF, but it is to place the page.sys file there ;-) On FAT 16 or 32 dropping the size of the partition caused the block size to decrease, thus faster read/writes. NTFS has a 4kb block size no matter what the partition size. Want a faster machine, add memory. 512mb min with W2K. You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much memory. These days, think GB's, not MB's when considering memory. I know, cost is no object to me either......

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by Senior Program Analyst In reply to

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Thanks, Figured on a change from FAT 16 or 32 to NTFS but never really knew the exact nature of the change related to speed. Again I agree Memory seems to be the common suggestion and the most promising answer.

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