Defrag Your Hard Drives
You can increase your system's performance by defragmenting your hard drive regularly. As files are saved and deleted, software is installed and uninstalled, and other computing tasks are performed, these gradually cause your hard drive to become defragmented.
This means that your files become scattered all over the drive instead of being stored in their optimized locations (kind of like people moving to new seats in an auditorium - leaving seats empty!).
A fragmented disk makes it hard for your PC to call on the hard drive to store files in memory. Applications also slow down over time because they need to call on data from all over your hard drive rather than from an optimized location.
Br defraging your hard drive, you can restore the speed at which your computer operates. Defrag can also save wear and tear on your drive and extend its life span. Here's what you do:
Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools. Then choose Disk Defragmenter. Choose the drive you want to defrag and choose OK and follow the instructions. If your disk doesn't need defragged, it will give you an option to cancel. If it does need defragged, press the option called Defrag.
I warn you - Defraging can take hours sometimes - especially if you haven't done it recently. So try starting it when you don't need to use your computer, like before you go to bed (and yes - you can leave your computer running for one night!). If you use your computer during the defrag process, it has to keep restarting. So do it when you can let it work without having to perform other tasks.
Once your hard drive has been defragged, restart your computer in the morning.
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