New hard drive installed, now system is slow...

Lisa Berna

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We had a system crash and our computer shop replaced our 700gb with a 500gb hard drive. Ever since our computer has been slow and the Internet pages are not operating correctly. When we open a page you need to minimize it to get it to refresh and it takes forever to load things. Any ideas on why, they told us the hard drive size would make no difference on our HP desktop performance. It is using Windows 7 operating system. Thanks for any advice or help.
 

Jmodix

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Hard drive size, no. Hard drive speed and cache size can definitely cause slowdowns.

Example: If you went from a 7200rpm HDD with 16mb cache to a drive with 5400 rpm and 8mb it would be slower. If you can check your documentation on what the old HDD speed was (it should say) and then check your current drive (model number should be in device manager) Google the model number and compare. Bets are the computer shop put in a super cheap 5400 rpm drive.
 

Fouchey

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Was Windows 7 on it before or did they just put that on the new one?
If it is an older computer it might not run Windows 7 very well depending on ram etc.. Opening Internet Pages shouldn't really be affected by the type of Hard Drive.