So I told you guys last week about this upcoming series to be alternated with the Security tips series, remember? At the request of a good blogmate of mine, I will be posting some Computer maintenance posts with how-to-dos, software that’ll help, etc. to guide you all towards a clean and speeded up computer experience. I would include things like Windows installation, backup, clean-ups, secure-erases, recovery, etc.
But for the start, I’ll be considering a few general tips. I know I am taking up this thing a little slow, and the one who requested this might find them to be a little too slow to be helpful for now, but eventually as the other posts in this series would come up you all will find these quite useful. But I can assure you, these general posts will give you headstart for the time being! Moreover, this last college semester is keeping me so busy that I cannot post much, so I guess you all would understand.
Let's first consider in brief the structure of this post.
- Why does your computer slow down?
- Some handy tips to remember always
So starting with this post, I’ll be discussing with you all today some reasons why your computer generally slows down. It’s not always unwanted clutter, but there are more reasons. It’s not only that your hardware suffers from wear-n-tear, but your software too suffers from wear-n-tear. Computer maintenance is something if you take it up as a routine would not take much time and keep your computer using experience fast, speedy and wonderful!
So, let’s begin? Umm wait, I should first fold up my sleeves as the custom is ;)
Why does your computer slow down?
There are several reasons for a slow computer. When I say slow computer I mean, slow web browser, or slow booting up, or slow disk access, slow, slow, slow, etc. etc. etc.!!
Some handy tips to remember always
The major thing I had to share in this post is this list of general tips that always come in handy. I’ll come up with detailed tutorials in the posts to come. Though I’d like you read my blog, but if you are too restless to wait for the next posts, you can search these topics over the Internet to assist you if you need any queries sorted out. Else I’ll do detailed tutorials as I said, so I don’t think there will be any questions that will remain unanswered, okay? So just be a little patient and wait for the next posts in this series for detailed instructions. For the time being, make a note of these tips and always remember them:
It becomes a havoc for your Operating Systems to recollect those fragments and make them available to you speedily. What happens is that, consider this example:
Your disk stores files as clusters of 4KB (say) each. You stored a file of 10KB (2.5 clusters). The operating system cannot work with such decimal addressing. What would happen is that, the file will use 3 clusters. Next you stored 100 such files, thus wasting 200KB in these stupid unusable holes! To make things worse, you deleted some of the files from here and there, and copied new files. You kept repeating this for a few months, and had around 200MB of holes. Due to holes, the Operating system wasn’t able to store the more incoming files in sequential order due to lack of disk space. So the operating system will store its pieces here and there. Now when you’ll request a file, the operating system will recollect and readdress all the pieces one by one and bring the file to you. But you know it’ll take much time. It was better if these pieces were sequentially arranged, right?
Now don’t be so angry with Microsoft. People there are good people who gave you utility, and improved it timely to make it better, for reversing this fragmentation’s effects and making things speeded up again! They called this, simply, Disk Defragment and the placed it at easy, and accessible position. Just right click your volume in My Computer, and click Properties. Then defragment. Analyze the volumes and check if the fragmentation percentage is more than 10%. If it is so, defragment it!
I have earlier posted an article on how to defragment your hard disk. So I guess there’s no point repeating it, so here is the link to that article: http://toxifier.blogspot.com/2012/04/disk-defragment-in-windows-7-tech.html
I hope you find all the relevant information and tips I discussed with you all today. I hope these small and not so small things help you keep your PC working great :) For any queries or suggestions please feel free to comment here.
I hope you all have a great day ahead! :) Happy Tuesday :) See you all soon! :D