With any computer you will notice that over time things will start to slow down. You may see ads for services that claim that they will double or triple the speed of your computer for a small fee. While these services can offer some improvements there are a few things you can do on your own for free to try to speed things up.
Today we are going to talk about defragmenting your hard disk. It’s a simple process that you can do yourself, which can help improve the performance of your aging computer. Before we get into “the how to,” it might be a good idea to explain what defragmenting your hard disk is actually doing. When you use your computer, everything you do is saved. Now your work is typically being saved to a constantly spinning hard drive disk. As the disc spins things get saved on different portions of the disc so, for example, your favorite for Amazon.com could be saved on the complete opposite side of the disk as your favorite for PizzaHut.com. Think of it like buying books over time, but never alphabetizing them and just adding more and more books to your shelf without organizing.
You probably have a good idea where things are, but it takes a bit longer to find the book you need. Your computer is doing the same thing. When you defragment your hard disk, the computer will reorganize like items so they are much easier to find, thus speeding up your computer.
Defragmenting your computer won’t always guarantee a boost in speed. Some computers have Solid State Drives (SSD), which have done away with the spinning disk, and some computers also automatically defragment the disk for you. However, if you don’t have a Solid State Drive you may want to defragment your computer just to be sure. In the instructions below we will be able to tell if you’ve got a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a Solid State Drive (SSD).
We will be digging into the PC process for defragmenting as PC has a build in tool to defragment your drives. On the Mac side OS X will automatically defragment your computer, but if you want to have more input over it you can find a third party program that will give you control of the process.
For Windows operating systems 7 and 8 there are automatic settings, but users have reported that the automated defragmentation isn’t as thorough as it could be. There is never such a thing as too much organization so it won’t hurt the computer any to run defragmentation again.
Hopefully with these tips you can save some money having other people fix your computer and have a computer that runs smoothly.
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