User23 wrote:Can anyone suggest a decent partition table repair tool which can scan the drive and find deleted partitions with operating systems installed on them?
gparted) is a very powerful tool for detecting partition boundaries, and it has pulled me out of a major hole in the past, but it is by no means
automated, I recommend using something like Knoppix, which I believe already includes that app. Some more info can be found at: http://www.stud.uni-hannover.de/user/76201/gpart/
augie wrote:Vista has been designed to use more RAM than XP with the philosophy of unused RAM is wasted RAM. Since you're also experiencing heavy disk usage, this might be due to insufficient RAM since you're a heavy multitasker and it's using the swap file to make up for that. For example, on my AMD X2 3800 with 1GB RAM, just running Vista Ult. and an AV takes about 530MB just on its own.
Yeah, while I agree with the statement, I don't agree with the means they went about using more of the RAM, XP has a tendency to swap out nearly anything that isn't running actively to the pagefile regardless of free memory, meaning unnecessary disk i/o when the user is only doing a few smaller tasks ... what I think should
be meant by "unused RAM is wasted RAM" is that RAM that isn't being used by user applications
is wasted RAM, it's not the job of the OS to fill in the unused holes
(all my not so humble opinion, of course)