Laptop slowed down to a crawl ever since adding pics

Started Jun 11, 2018 | Discussions thread
jcvjcvjcvjcv Senior Member • Posts: 1,447
Re: Laptop slowed down to a crawl ever since adding pics

malch wrote:

First, I would examine the output of Task Manager and try to identify any CPU or RAM hogs. Absent that, I would look to replace or supplement the hard drive.

I suspect your laptop has a slow 5400 rpm 2.5 inch HDD. The system was initially using the fastest parts of the disk. After adding the images the system is now reading/writing areas of the disk that are much slower.

If your laptop allows for a second drive, I'd consider a 256GB M.2 or mSATA SSD for the system and software plus the 1TB HDD for the images. Otherwise, a 1TB SSD replacement for the existing HDD is relatively affordable today.

Inner vs outer speed of HDD's isn't that much different. Sequential speeds differ about two fold. Access time might become 20% worse if you consider whole disk vs short-stroke at outer tracks.

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