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enodega
01-03-2010, 11:30 AM
Hi, A friend of mine has an old IBM machine that runs XP and is getting very slow. We have cleaned out the temp files etc. but it still takes forever to process instructions. She has bought a new screen ( ???? ) and wants to buy an external hard drive to run her broadband connection on. Is this an option?

Thanks

KarameaDave
01-03-2010, 11:34 AM
How? a bit of confused thinking I feel.
An external hard drive will store data
that is all it will do.

pctek
01-03-2010, 11:52 AM
Hi, A friend of mine has an old IBM machine that runs XP and is getting very slow. We have cleaned out the temp files etc. but it still takes forever

Retrieve her personal stuff, wipe it and do a fresh install.
That will make it a thousand times faster. It's the only thing that will.

wratterus
01-03-2010, 11:54 AM
Possibly a RAM upgrade too - check how much she has. 512MB is a minimum for XP to run well these days.

SolMiester
01-03-2010, 12:12 PM
Clone the old drive to the new one and swap!

wainuitech
01-03-2010, 12:13 PM
Came across This article (http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6160062.html?tag=leftCol;post-931) yesterday - you can boot from a USB drive, So an external drive should work just as well - bit of mucking about though, as others mentioned - do a clean install - you'd be better off.