How to config my old laptop?

Question

Hi

My laptop is a bit on the slow side. I did upgrade the memory as much as possible. I noticed the machine hits the hard drive a lot whenever I'm doing anything. I mentioned it to a friend, and he suggested that as the machine is over two years old I might get a speed increase by upgrading to a newer, faster hard drive (he also suggested the manufacturer probably wouldn't use the fastest when it was built anyway). I've looked at the specs for the hard drive I have, a Toshiba MK2018GAP, and the newer ones, and there is a difference, but I'm not sure it would make things noticeably faster, or even if they would be compatible with my system.

So... before I go taking my laptop somewhere, is it in principle possible I would have a worthwhile speed increase by installing a newer hard drive, and is it likely a newer hard drive would work in my machine?

Thanks!

Answer

This question was answered on December 27, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Go to the start menu>run> then type in "Msconfig" and click on the start-up tab to see what is set to run at startup If you want, type in here everything that shows up and we can tell you what looks shady Or do ctrl alt delete to get your task manager to show up and delete all processes under your login name and see if that speeds things up Dont worry, if you stopped something you shouldnt have, reboot the system and they will be there again.

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Posted by Kareem of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 27, 2004