Hopefully yous guys can help me out here. I know we have some clever people here and I am not any kind of ex-spurt when it comes to the innards of a PC beyond the basics so I have to throw this open for help:
My partners PC crashed it's heads and totalled the hard drive. I had backed up the images so I thought we were safe, but no. Before the crash, it was a Samsung 700Z Laptop which has pretty adequate performance to do what we need it to do when we use it at events. Since the shop replaced the hard drive with a good quality equivalent or better spec one, it has been dawg-slow. The first thing that came to mind is that it had a partitioned hard drive before, but they put it back together un-partitioned. It was returned to them and they tested the drive on some performance measuring program (average access time I am guessing) and it passed. They shrugged their shoulders and said it must be something to do with photoshop (!). When approached about its slowness and the lack of a partition they said not having a partition makes no difference to its speed, it is just a con to make people think they have a separate drive to back up to. I smelled a rat at this point so I took a quick glance at wiki about partitioning drives and that tells me they are wrong about this.
Can any of you guys throw any more light on this? Hopefully between us we can get it going usefully again then while we are on the topic, what tweaks are there that can optimise the performance of PS on a PC? I am thinking there must be lots of details that need tweaking?
Thanks for any help given.