external HD question

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Feb 19, 2009

external HD question by mcjones92 at 7:07 PM (618 Views / 0 Likes) 4 replies

  1. mcjones92
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    My computer has been running slow. I noticed that external hard drives are relatively inexpensive for 500 GB to 1 TB. My computer say it has around 17 GB left, so I think that might be the problem. Would this fix my problem of my computer running slowly? Or, can you recommend anything else?
     
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    If you put the page file/swap space on the external drive and it got fragmented then it might be the reason for it being slow. Simply buying a new drive will not help, also 17 gigs is loads of space (I can not remember the last time I had that much free (having not just uninstalled something).

    More likely though is most user level operating systems build up junk (or in the case of OEM ship with junk) and each little bit ebbs away at speed until you end up with a slow bloated mess. Alas it can be difficult to trim down if you do not know what you are doing.

    Some suggestions:
    I already mentioned page file, in simple terms rather than add more ram most operating systems will have provisions to use the hard drive in place of the ram. All drives bar some very rare/specialist arrangements are far slower than ram and frankly most people do not touch 1 gigabyte let alone the 2 that are in most high end systems (I have no idea how much is in yours).
    I disable mine (perhaps not a truly wise idea but I have suffered no ill effects) but as it is in use by the system all the time a standard defrag does not touch it.
    This guide has a passage on it as well as many other tips:
    http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html

    Startup apps:
    Many apps change these and frankly it is the most likely cause of things being slow. You can reasonably disable most things here (a good app will allow you to disable things and then delete the if you want) but some are useful to have and so I suggest you leave them. Also rather annoyingly more than a few drivers/good apps have useless stuff added in.
    I suggest a squared hijack free if you are doing this:
    http://www.hijackfree.com/en/
    Post back if you have questions.

    Extra services:
    Services are things windows has to allow built in apps to work, many however are not needed and waste resources. Messing with this is a complex thing though and you can mess your machine up if you do it incorrectly.
    Many things can occur here and you are not likely to notice that great a difference if you kept your machine tight, still
    http://www.jasonn.com/turning_off_unnecess...s_on_windows_xp
    http://www.vistarewired.com/2007/02/18/services
     
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    Thank you! That's a lot of info and really helpful. [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry, I usually say make sure to download the right program
    "a-squared HiJackFree 3.1" appears to be the current version.
     

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