A good way to speed up your computer and maintain its performance is to defrag the hard drive. As a hard drive fills up with data, it is harder for the computer to store data sequentially on the drive. The data is scattered among different unused sectors, wherever there is room. Hard drives have a little arm, much like the one on a old stereo or record player, that moves across the platters of the drive gathering (reading) the data to be used in programs. In electronic terms this is a very slow process. When the data is scattered the arm has to move more at a high rate of speed and this puts wear-and-tear on its parts. It also slows the hard drive down.
Defragging put files together sequentially, reducing the the takes for the arm to gather it. It’s good to include defragging in your computer’s regular maintenance schedule. It will not only optimize the computer, it will also put less wear-and-tear on the arm and other parts of the drive and lengthen the life of the drive. This will reduce the amount and cost of computer repair over the life of the computer.
Windows has its own defragmentation utility that you can use. It is built into Windows. Here is a video from Microsoft about how to use it.
At Ducktoes we use Auslogics Defrag. It’s totally free and works fast. It’s been rated “Outstanding” by Cnet’s Download.com.
Here’s a video about Auslogics Defrag.
At Ducktoes we can help you maintain and repair your computer or help you learn how to do it yourself.
If you’d like your computer to be really fast and already have added ram and optimized, you should consider switching to an SSD. SSDs are solid state drives. They are faster than conventional drives because they don’t have moving parts. A regular drive has several platters that spin at high speed and your computer’s speed can’t go faster than the rotation of the drives. A solid state drive, on the other hand, has only circuitry not limited by the speed of the spin. You’ll be amazed at the difference. You won’t want to go back to a conventional hard drive.
A conventional hard drive and a solid state (Photo by Intel)
SSD drives are typically smaller and more expensive than conventional drives. If you go for a solid state don’t get the smallest. The larger they are the better their performance.
If you want top speed you could get SSD drives in a Raid 0. You need to have enough room for two drives in your computer. I’m not recommending this but it does it give you top performance. I don’t recommend it because if one of the drives on a Raid 0 fails, you lose all your data. Your risk of data loss is thus double the risk of loss with a single drive. The performance is optimal, however. Just make sure you back up your desktop or laptop computer daily and make system images regularly. That way if something does go wrong, you can replace the bad drive and be up in running in no time.
A Solid State Drive will make your computer extremely fast.
You need to buy mounting brackets or caddy if you are putting the SSDs into a desktop computer. Also make sure your bios configuration is set to AHCI instead of IDE. An IDE setting in the bios, severely cramps the performance of an SSD.
The above photo of the two drives is from Intel. If you’d like more info on Intel Solid State Drives, click here.
If you’d like to switch to an SSD for your desktop or laptop computer bring it in to Ducktoes.
At Ducktoes, we use optimization tools up the ying-yang. One we dream about in our sleep is Auslogics Boost Speed. According to recent reviews, Auslogics speeds up computers by 15 to 20%. The reviewers used PC Mark to measure before and after results. And guess what all? Each computer lost over 20 lbs. and could fit into their old skinny jeans. Nah, Ms. Ducktoes has been going to Weight Watchers too long, and has skinny jeans on the brain, but the computers did lose the dead weight of needed tweaks and adjustments Microsoft failed to implement for speed. They ran 15 to 20% faster. Check it out here.
Before and After with PC Mark
Also AVG has recently partnered with Auslogics and incorporated Boost Speed into its PC Tools. Read about that here in a press release with PR Web. If you get PC Tools with AVG, you can use it once for free. According to AVG’s top programmers, the optimizations are also quite safe.
CNET Reviews Editors give Auslogics Boost Speed five stars. That’s the highest rating.
If you bring your computer in to Ducktoes, we’ll run all the optimizations for you. Then you’ll have to buy your computer a new pair of jeans. Or we can do this remotely for you, the optimizations, and, lol, even the shopping. Call 403-483-0105.
Last post I promised to recommend some good defragmentation tools to help speed up your computer. So here goes.
Defragmentation can make a big difference in hard drive performance and helping a computer stay faster longer. It’s an essential computer repair and hard drive process. I’ve previously explained in an old post what defragmentation is and does to a computer. That post also talks about the built-in defragger in Windows (defragger is a simpler word I’ve coined for defragmentation utility.) Click here to read that post.
As far as third party defraggers go, at Ducktoes Computer Repair we love Auslogics!!! Their defragmenting tool is fast, effective, and free. We also love their Boostspeed, their more comprehensive speed booster, although isn’t not free. It does help speed up a lagging computer in many ways, however, and especially on the Internet. Download both here.
There also an open source defragger, UltraDefrag, which is also excellent.
For more free utilities, “>here’s a site I just discovered on the Internet. It looks really promising and I hope to go back there when I have more time.
You should too.
Here’s a tool Windows 7 and Vista users will like. It’ll speed up their computers with a few tweaks: Ultimate Windows Tweaker
It seemed to take a good 30 seconds to a minute of boot time off a couple of computers I tried it on. Let me know what you think. Click above on Reply to comment or click here.