i am running xp-pro sp3 on the c: drive.
the data drive is the d: drive with associated 'stuff'. ie. music, etc.
in the last few days boot up takes far too long[in excess of 50 secs] with respect to how long boot up took before[~ 15 secs from the beep] said time.
i have tried disabling system restore, indexing ser. in 'services console', deleting various files/folders, any and all unnecessary progs, etc. no changes doing these things.
what worked was disconnecting the hdd[d: drive] quick as a blink now since doing this. problem is, the data is now inaccessible.
please advise if any ideas seem or would be possibly a fix, relevant or suited to similar instance with given situation or if anyone knows what is happening. as said, this is only in the last few days. i added no new programs nor made any hardware changes. the OS with all progs within, uses ~ 4.85G of space fully loaded.