Extremely Slow File Sharing
I have a client who has a small Network consisting of 7 computers and one File Server. All systems are Pentium 4s running Windows XP smoothly. All 7 computers have a mapped drive that points to the file Server for file use and sharing.
The Hard drive on the File Server is close to full (40GB with 38GB use). I had planned to just purchase a new 160GB Hard drive, but decided to go with a fll upgrade of the Box (since it had been giving errors for quite some time now). I went with a Pentium 2.8 800FSB on a Asus P4P800S-SE (800FSB) 1GB (2x512) DDR400 Corsair RAM and 160GB 72000RPM HD.
The new system runs like a dream. I installed Windows XP Pro with SP2 and other updates, the whole deal. When installed the new box, everything smooth without problems. But, the loading of shared files on the 7 computers is ridiculously slow (taking up to 5 minutes at some points). when with the old box it took less than 3 seconds.(The older box is a Pentium 4 1.2 133FSB with 512RAM and 40GB 7200 HD.)
When troublshooting my new box, i switched out the HD thinking it was damaged, nothing. Tested all components of the new box, all working fine. Unistalled SP2, nothing. Tooked off scheduled tasks, enabled indexing. Everything thing possible and nothing made my new box run as efficient as that old box there.
I started to suspect that maybe it can be a Windows Hotfix i downloaded, so i went ahead and started to unistall them, but after 3 or 4 unistalls, Windows crashed. So i have to start from scratch.
Before i start again, i want to know if anyone here knows the solution to my problem so that all this won't happen to me again??
Please, any help will do. I'll been at this for about a month and i want finish it already.