I read an article on tips for a faster hard drive.

@estherlou (5017)
United States
April 2, 2007 4:25pm CST
It was in the PC magazine of April 2007. It said to defrag early and often, that it most times improves performance. Close all applications before defragging. Delete temp files and internet cache files using CCleaner, a free tool. Download at http://find.pcworld.com/56142 Ferret out duplicate files with duplicate file finder. Free at http://find.pcworld.com/56144 I'm not a computer expert by any means. What do you guys think of this info?
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I used to be very good with defragging the computer and keeping the temp files cleaned up. I did it every week. I surf through a lot of pages on the net so it really seemed to help to improve performance a little bit. I've just gotten lazy about it lately. Thanks for the freebie sites.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
2 Apr 07
This is EXCELLENT advice. I try to do it a couple times a week because I am constantly downloading, deleting, and creating and saving. Also, being on the Internet tends to mess with your hard drive, in spite of your best efforts to use good firewall and antivirus and antispyware?
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
2 Apr 07
Are you getting notification every time you log onto mylots about a trojan rat spyware virus? I get that a lot from my software.
• United States
12 Apr 07
Those are some really nice tips that you are giving us and I am sure all will agree they are very helpful: thanks azillion;)+
@darkzzt (760)
• Canada
12 Apr 07
when i defragged my computer and ran crap cleaner, i freed up a lot of space on my hard drive and also my computer can access files faster so definitely it is worth it.
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@patootie (3593)
12 Apr 07
I have always defragged monthly .. or even more often if I have done a lot of downloading and deleting .. I always explain defragging as being like a huge pile of filing .. if you just put each new document on top of the last document it won't be in any kind of order .. and to find one document from the hundreds will take quite a few minutes .. but if you file each new document properly either alphabetically or in date order .,. you can go virtually directly to the document you are looking for in seconds .. And that's exactly what defragging your computer is doing .. it takes all the new information that has been entered one after another and sets it up properly in perfectly filed order .. that's why it's better for your computer .. it's a lot less work for the hard drive .. and it quite a lot faster in computer terms .. it might only be a few nano seconds to us .. but that's a BIG difference in computing ..
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• India
4 Apr 07
ya this nice information i usually do with my hard disk i also system mechanic also it has defragment tool also i had used it.it has fasten better
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I'm not a fan of PC World, but that is good advice. CCleaner is a good program and Defragging often is a good idea. Duplicate file finder is a good program, but only delete duplicate files if you know what they are. Some games have duplicate files as backups. Important drivers also back themselves up.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
3 Apr 07
This is all said and good. I have AllumeXP and it leads me through all the things to keep my computer running smoothly. I went to defrag over the weekend and it said that I did not need to. Great! Seems alot of work to go to those sites when I have one thing that will lead me through it all and even more things. I hope it helps someone just pays to know what else is out there.
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@whacks (774)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
We defrag if it is advised that we have to defrag. We also use the CCleaner everyday before shutting down the computer, yes, it's a free tool we downloaded from the internet. We also use the AVG, etc. if necessary. Thanks for giving such information.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Great information thanks for sharing. I use ccleaner all the time, almost daily. I downloaded the duplicate file finder...thank you. I think it's been a month or so since I defragged though. I guess I better do that too...lol Thanks again. I get a lot of downloads from file hippo. http://filehippo.com/
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• Sri Lanka
5 Apr 14
To remove duplicate files I used DuplicateFilesDeleter.It is a simple & safer to use tool
• United States
3 Apr 07
I defrag every couple of months and it helps a little.