Defrag Your Computer’s Hard Drive
Windows comes with a collection of house cleaning tools, including Scan Disk, Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup, to help keep your disk in peak working order.
Why Should You Bother?
First, disks are hard working, mechanical devices and, like all mechanical devices, prone to failure. A little preventative maintenance can warn you of potential problems and fix minor glitches before they can do damage to your data.
Second, the way files are organized on your drive has an impact on the performance of your computer. If your files are stored neatly, end-to-end, without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk is speedier.
Back Up Your Data
We suggest that you only use your flash drive, thumb drive or memory stick as a temporary storage place for your files. We also recommend that you store your important documents and files on a CD Rom or DVD Rom disk, and keep that disk in a safe place.
Avoid Unnecessary Downloads
Avoid downloading unnecessary software. Many files may contain a virus or malicious ware, which can damage or corrupt your computer’s operating system or hard drive.