Hard drive running slow? Here are some tips from Data Recovery Specialists to speed it up!
I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves annoyed and feeling stressed over a slow computer. More often than not, it’s down the hard drive holding it back. So here are some tips on how to prevent it from getting too slow and what to do when it does.
Delete your temporary files
An initial step you can try when your computer starts becoming slow is to delete your temporary files. Internet browsers will store these temporary files on your hard drive but they are not always needed. You can also remove files from your recycle bin that you are sure you want to be deleted forever. Both of these simply and easily create a little bit more space on your hard drive meaning it can run just that little bit faster again. Try not to let either of these files build up too much by going through often to clear them out.
Partition your hard drive
Partitioning your hard drive can reduce the risk of files being corrupted by viruses. It makes sure your hard drive is organised by storing frequently used files and programs near each other. This also boosts the speed of your hard drive. It uses short stroking technology to minimize head repositioning delays. Although this greatly increases speed and performance it also decreases the capacity so is not always the best option, especially if you are nearing full capacity already.
Defrag your hard drive
By defragmenting your hard drive you can increase the efficiency of your drive and in turn the speed. You can use specialised software easily found on your machine which looks at the physical location of the files on your hard drive and optimizes those files so the computer doesn’t need to search around to find the information it needs. My Defrag is a free program that once set up will run at least every other week to ensure that your hard drive is kept running effectively.
Sometimes it’s simply hardware issues which are affecting the speed of your hard drive. This means you need to just upgrade. Do some research into your current hard drive as well as other popular ones on the market. Consider upgrading to a high efficiency drive if you’d like to speed up your system performance. Alternatively if you’d like your old system to become much faster, think about a solid state drive SSD or hybrid. Replacing hard drives can be difficult so you may wish to get help.
Tony Pitter Managing Director of Data Recovery Specialists says “we all get frustrated by a slow computer and we are quick to blame the system. Nine times out of ten it is the users fault. Simply cluttering up your hard drive with lots of unwanted files and bad management of the data storage leads to problems. In some instances we have seen hard drives absolutely filled to capacity. This subsequently causes all sorts of issues and requires a data recovery expert. Be smart and manage your data effectively.”