I’m getting tired waiting 2+ minutes whenever I boot my PC. With high utilities bill these days I have to turn off my pc whenever not in use. Everytime I press the power button, there goes 2 minutes again. Eventhough I did Windows XP clean install and reinstall all my softwares from scratch (plus all updates) I still get 120 seconds startup time. I did notice when clean install XP alone, without any software, it takes 10-15 seconds to boot but after installing all softwares (40+ softwares and tools) it takes 120+ seconds to boot. Unfortunately I need those 40+ softwares installed for my work.
I’m using Seagate SataII 500GB for OS (C: drive) and I’m sure that the jumper is set to SATAII and my mobo supports SATAII. Is there a way to speed up the OS startup? I use CCleaner to cleanup some unused startup registries.
I know there are Raptor and Velociraptor but I would like members opinions first before I pull the trigger with these expensive harddrives, if indeed can speed up startup (and software loading) much better than my Seagate 500GB SATAII. If the only solution is getting a faster harddrive, what do you recommend?