Today’s Tip: Defrag that HDD!

One of the simplest things you can do to improve the performance of your computer is to regularly defragment the hard drive.  Your computer’s hard drive is much like a giant filing cabinet. When data is written to the drive, the system doesn’t care “where” on the drive it writes to, it just looks for free space.  The result is that parts of a file get scattered indiscriminately all over the usuable disk surface.  Imagine a filing cabinet with no folder structure, only pieces of paper thrown randomly into drawers!  Can you imagine trying to locate all the pages of that important contract you need to review and having to sort through thousands of pages to locate them?  The result is basically the same with hard disk fragmentation. If you’ve got a 500GB disk drive, everytime you access a given file, the computer may have to reconstruct the file by gathering all the pieces by searching the entire drive!  That’s a performance killer and over time will severly slow down your PC. 


By setting a system task to periodically defragment the drive (for most users every 30 days is more than adequate), you will keep your disk optimized and your system running smoothly for years to come!

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