This morning at startup strangely the graphics with IBM and Pentium writing remained several seconds, as if it had stopped (the hard-disk led was off); even after the appearance of the writing "Starting Windows 98 SE ..."* the loading of the operating system was slow.
*I am Italian, I don't know as it appears in English.
I have repeatedly turned the computer on and off and the boot has always been normal (18/19 seconds).
Which is the best software to test the hard disk? Are you aware of other "wear problems" that can occasionally slow down startup?
I think the hard drive is a Fujitsu but I'm not sure.
But if you wanna see how your hard drive is faring after 1.5 decades of life, just run anything that checks SMART values (I use Crystaldiskinfo but you need a more modern OS to run that) and see if it is registering any increasing bad sectors and stuff.
600 PII-266 416mb 40gb WXP
T23 PIII 1.13ghz 1gb W7
Lat D830 X9000 8gb 128gb WSXGA+ Ultrasharp fp W10
T530i 15.6" i7 16gb fp W10
A30p PIII 1.2 1gb W7 (IDTech)
T43p 2.26 2gb fp W10 (Sharp)
Lat C840 P4-2.5 2gb 60gb W7 (Ultrasharp)
I wrote that maybe the disc is a Fujitsu, I got confused with my T23. In the device list of T42 the disk is generic, I don't know the brand.
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In addition to the smart items that indicate all the software, this also shows a rating bar (clearer than items you don't understand).
My hard-disk is perfect.
I once turned on the computer and the optical drive did not appear; I restarted and it appeared. Before I had changed the voice on the optical drive (from high speed to normal) in the bios. If this has nothing to do with it, could the optical driver slow down the startup of the computer if the cd/dvd-drive has problems turning on?
Are there tests to check the correct functioning of the DVD/CD-drive?
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