Some computers are not very fast. But up to this day I was convinced, that my old PC is old, but not THAT slow (P4, 3.4GHz, 2G ram, 500G HDD, R9100). However it happend, that using my good old trusty Windows 2000 SP4, the Firefox v10.0.10 ESR crashed to BSOD each time I visit some webpages. Incredibly as it sounds, I repeated that on 100% stable machine.
So I replaced the OS to WinXP SP3 - and the crashes are completely gone. But there come trouble… The OS partition is only 2GBy big FAT16 (more that enought for W2k, not that good for WinXP) and cache of Firefox rutinelly go over the size of the partition.
The solution is simple - just increase the OS partition size to 4GBy and moving on FAT32. So resize the big main partition for data (NTFS) and then resize/convert the from 2 to 4GBy.
Sounds fairly simple? Yes. Except one slight problem:
The operation was started at 14.6.2014 in about 22h. The photo was taken at 15.6.2014 in about 10h. As anyone can see, the resizing of the D drive was not yet done and the estiminated remaining time is "more that 1 day" …! WTF!
Now that is really slow. And up to this point I was very happy with the 500G PATA WD drive (16MB cache WD5000AAKB) - it is the fastest drive I ever had. But this is somewhat slow. The drive is only about 370G full, so it should not be THAT slow to move 2G of starting data up somewhere and then continue...
But obviously with the NTFS, there must be something done with the data table and that seems to be deadly slow. Obviously there is no way, but to let the machine finish this, but after 4 hours, there is just there more of the "notches" (was 7 at the time of the photo, there are 10 now) at the progress indicator. Witch indicate, that I shall probably reconsider how I do look at the speed of the HDD
Damn, I need quite some patience - or a "bit" faster HDD.