Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Computer Slow? - Defragment Your Disk Drive

Is your computer slow? One thing to you can do yourself that's free and easy is to degragment the hard drive.

After a while, the hard drive on your computer starts to get full and cluttered. Without even being aware of it, we are constantly adding things to our systems - eMail keeps coming in, we install new programs, we try trial-versions of programs, and we keep creating documents and drafts. When the storage space on your system starts to get full, your drive will actually be quite cluttered. Sure, there is free space, but its in bits and pieces and very inefficient.

To degragment your drive (in Windows XP):

1. Go to "Start" and select "My Computer"
2. Right-click the local disk volume that you want to defragment, and then click Properties.
3. On the Tools tab, click "Defragment Now"

If you haven't done this in a long time, it will take hours, so choose a time when you don't need your system. When the process is complete, you'll see a graphical display of how much space was re-organized. This will really help your system work more efficiently, and its free!

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