1.)how do i get into safemode from XP?
2.)Whats the best performance tweak youve ever done on XP?
3.)Does winxp have a built in firewall (someone told me it did)
4.)have u modfied the virtual memory on it?
To many variables like processor speed, disk speed/size. Can't make a global guesstimate when it comes to defrag. The first 1 is gonna take a while. Then if you run it on a daily basis it will get MUCH quicker because defrag compliments XP's native optimization cycle real well. My daily defrag now takes less then a minute on a 20gig partition with 2.11gig of stuff on it. If you have a large drive with say 7-10gig of apps and what-not, you could be looking at a couple hours.
when i had win 98se on my system and norton utilities 2001, speed disk would optimize in about 1 hour with about 25-30 tgb of data on one partition (when the terrible native defaggger would take 5-6 hours). Now that I have xp, norton utilities 2002 takes about 3 hours. Dont know why.
I have a 10 gig hd and an 80 gig hard drive. The 10 took about an hour while the 80 gig took several hours the first time I ran defrag. The 80 gig is half full. I use it to store files and programs on.
With XP, I would recommend the DiskKeeper defrag program. It seems to take a while but it really works great. From what I have read, the XP defrag utility is a lite version of Diskkeeper.