Have you ever experienced having a very slow computer, despite the fact you it is still new? There are simple ways on how to regain back your computer speed. Here are simple hacks you can use on your hard drive and RAM to improve system performance.

After just a few months of use after getting a new system or even the old desktop or laptop computer you are already using, you may have noticed that your computer runs slower than usual or just hangs out there also known as freezing. These are 10 simple options you take to regain the speed of your computer by tweaking your hard drive.

  1. Hard drive Defragment – Although all windows system has its own defragmentation utility, a third party defragmentation software like Clean Master, Auslogics BootSpeed, AVG PC TuneUp  and so many others can consolidate the fragmented files in your hard drive thereby increasing the speed performance of your computer.
  2. Partitioning your system hard drive – Though, your hard drive may have already been partitioned from the manufacturer, Easeus Partition Master, Diskgenius, Disk Utility and so many others makes partitioning easy. There will be no need for you to reformat and partition your hard drive. Just read and follow the instructions on the software carefully.

Increasing the storage capacity of your system drive C or local disk C can prevent the computer from hanging due to availability of more space made available for all your computer task processes. You can get at least 10% of free disk space. You can check the available storage space in your hard drive by going to the start or home section on the down left side of your screen, click on the computer section right-clicking your hard drive and selecting the properties command.

  1. Free your computer from temporary files and fix the registry Some utilities such as, SD Maid and Glary Utilities is an excellent tool in removing files called “cookies” stored in your computer as you surf the internet. Cookies are file created by a web browser usually at the request of a web site that is stored on a computer. These files are files that usually store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Cookies occupy more space through time and you have to unload your computer of these files once in a while. These utility can also fix your registry, which is vital for a computer’s ability to run smoothly. The registry stores important data that Windows requires effective running.
  2. Transfer some of your files from the drive C to a partition D or E drive –  By reducing the C drive files that occupy a lot of space in your system such as photos, the C drive will run much more efficiently. You can just do a copy and paste folders where the photos are located on the C drive to any of the new drive you have created or virtual partition your hard drive.
  3. Clean the random access memory (RAM) – Whether you are using a desktop or a laptop, it’s easy to remove and clean off the RAM modules. You just need to ground/neutralize yourself first to prevent damaging the sensitive components of the computer’s mother board. This can be done by placing your hands on a metallic object with contact to the ground. Or, you can just place your hands on the metal casing of your computer.

You may refer to your owner’s manual to find where the RAM is located. Once you have removed it with care, you can use a pencil eraser to remove the oxides on the interfacing copper bus of the computer. Brush off the dirt. Replace the RAM carefully because it is very fragile and very easy for it to break.

  1. Install a strong antivirus or update the existing one –  Viruses, especially those that replicate itself on your computer system and occupy space in your hard drive, they slow down your computer. Free versions of Antivirus like those provided by Avast and 360 total security etc can help keep your computer free from viruses. It has an automatic update function which you will be required to update most times.
  2. Use an external hard drive –  Saving all your important files on an external USB hard drive will prevent file build up in the computer’s hard disk. It will also ensure you of a safe storage space in case of viruses proliferate in the internet. If peradventure the external hard drive gets infected with viruses, you may just leave the files inside for, say a month, and then subject it to strong and updated antivirus software. Updated antivirus software can remove any known viruses which are available in the hard drive and has become obsolete by that time.
  3. Remove unnecessary software applications from your system – If you have applications on your system that are irrelevant or you are no longer using in your computer, it is advisable to uninstall them. Although windows came with its own Add/Remove utility in the Control Panel, free software applications like Revo Uninstaller goes far deeper by removing virtually all files associated with the software application you want to uninstall from your system.
  4. Change the appearance of your screen – If you are not too particular about the overall appearance of your screen and prefer system speed to overkill graphics, you may set the display to best performance from the control panel and this can be done by going to the home or start section, click on the Start, then Control Panel, System, Advanced, then select the best performance button. Hit OK and you are done.
  5. Format your hard drive – This is the last option you should take when the computer continues to hand or reboot itself. Formatting will remove unwanted files as well as undetected viruses that have the occupied space in your hard drive slowing it down. Just make sure you back up or store your important files before you do it.

Doing all this will return your computer system to it normal speed or even greater speed, making it feel brand new again.

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