Sam Gleske on 8 May 2012 11:17:52 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Dual boot reinstall problem and request for help

My fee is steep.  A Hoegarden beer :) (optional).  I'd check the machine over before reinstalling to be sure that it wasn't something that doesn't require a reinstall.

Also he should defrag both the XP drive and his shared FAT drive.  I didn't mean to imply defragging only one in my last reply.


On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM, Sam Gleske <> wrote:
Before he reinstalls XP perhaps he should try optimizing and defragging his disk.

I recommend him using MyDefrag as that's the best program I've found to optimize disks.  I've been using it on Windows machines since it was open source (JkDefrag) so the software is a good choice.  It uses the Windows Defrag API to organize and defragment so it won't hurt the machine any more than the Windows Defrag Utility.


I've had crawling XP machines completely revitalized by that utility.  Make sure he sets the defrag to Monthly the first time he runs it as that will be the most thorough and take the longest but best results.

If that doesn't work for him I wouldn't mind stopping by and doing a reinstall for him so long as he lives near me (within ~15-20 mins of University City Phila).  If not, let me know where he lives and I'll decide if I can do it.


On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM, James P Dugan <> wrote:
My father has been having a few problems with a dual booting laptop and has asked me to get some opinions from the group on how (and perhaps who) to proceed.

He has a Thinkpad with 3 partitions, a WinXP, a shared drive (FAT32, I think), and a Fedora partition.  Recently his install of XP got screwed up somehow, it now takes forever to read the directory structure anywhere after the top level in some programs (MSOffice, AutoCAD to name a few).  After listening to the symptoms, I came to the conclusion that perhaps the easiest fix would probably be to reinstall XP.

Herein lies the problem.  Although he has a basic understanding of *nix systems, from having used miniframes for CAD and facilities design and management back in the '80s, the technical aspects of the current installations are a bit beyond his comfort zone.  While I would feel comfortable with him installing either WinXP or Fedora as a standalone installation with me as tech support backup over the phone, I do not feel comfortable with him trying to handle the multipartion install in the same fashion.  Unfortunately I am unable to simply go do it myself, being over 200 miles away and he needs it done relatively soon as this is his business computer (he operates his own architecture business).

Does anyone have any recommendations of a shop in the philly area that could handle the reinstall without screwing up the linux and shared data partitions or would anyone on the list be interested in lending a hand for a fee?  Any other options I may have missed?


James P Dugan

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