If you're like most computer users, you notice that the responsiveness of your hard drives begins to wane the longer you use it. If you're looking for tips and tricks to optimize your hard drive's performance, this is the article for you. We'll discuss three quick and easy steps you can take to improve the speed and responsiveness of your drive. By the end of this article you'll have a few things you can try to get your harddrive to run like it did in the first month.
Step One - Free Up Space on Your Hard Drive
Is your hard drive maxed out? Do you have a lot of files that are taking up space but are not being used? An overfull harddrive is one of the primary reasons hard drives start to slow down. If your harddrive is running at more than 75% of capacity, it's time to remove some files. Invest in a backup drive and move some of the files that you don't need regularly. Photos often take up a huge portion of a hard disk drive so that is a good place to look when you are trying to identify files to move.
Step Two - Uninstall Programs You No Longer Use
Uninstall any applications that you haven't used in a long time. Go to Add/Remove Software and go through the list of applications. Are there any that you haven't used in over 6 months and are unlikely to use? Before you uninstall them make sure you have the original disks or a backup of the installation files so you can re-install it again later should you need it. Games in particular can take up a great deal of space.
Step Three - Defragment your Hard Drive
Once you've freed up room on your hard drive, it's time to defragment. Computers store files in little pieces all over your hdd. After a period of time, your harddrive space is divided up into little pieces called fragments. A defragmenter helps move all the free space to one area of the hard disk drive, thereby improving the speed and performance. Windows has a built in disk defragmenter but there are more powerful and faster programs available for purchase online.
By deleting or moving files you don't use often, removing unused applications and defragmenting your hard drive, you can increase the performance of your hard drive. By following the information in this article you should be able to substantially improve responsiveness of your hard drive.