IT Tips

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.

Read more about fragmentation.

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.

Learn how to back up your computer.

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.

Other ways to speed up your computer.