10 September 2009

Optimize your Hard Disk Performance

No Matter what type of hard disk you have, here in this article you will find some helpful tips for you to get better speeds and increase the life of your hard disk.

Defragment your drive:
This is one of the often repeated tips, yet we say this again. . I think it is the most common reasons for making hard disk performance slow down. As the new files cannot be stored in contiguous clusters, the disk becomes fragmented when files are deleted and new files are written to the disk. Use the Windows defragmentation tool which comes default with your Operating system or a free tool like Auslogics Defragmenter which can be find here: http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag .

Use Power saving Options: The lesser you make your hard disk work, the longer it lasts. If you are used to leaving your PC idle while you step out, enable hard disk power off under Power Management or just Hibernate your PC which will switch power your hard disk off. However, do not use this option if you are going to be away for just a few minutes or you frequently take such breaks, as frequent start-stops can actually reduce the disk's life. Use it if you are going away for a couple of hours and you don't want to switch off and on your PC.

Avoid tilting : You should avoid this or otherwise moving your PC when the PC is on will led your hard disk to crush. Hard disks do not take too kindly to being moved around while they are working! And, if you hear a screeching noise from your PC that coincides with the hard disk activity indicator(usually the red or amber LED), it's time for you to backup immediately and be prepared for a new hard disk.

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