A friend gave me an older computer /w Windows 2000 Professional
I had a hard time defragmenting it. Finally I have hardly any red (fragmented) files but a lot of blue (contiguous). I only have %16 free space. I have deleted almost all program files, documents, etc. I have also used programs to delete all unnecessary and old files. %16 seems a very low amount of free space to have. Can I delete these blue files or will my computer cease to run if I do. Any suggestions?
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When was the last time you ran disk clean up, scanned your pc for spyware and virus and finally defragmented the disks. Doing all three of these could have a big impact on the speed of it. Run all three in the order above.
your laptop may be slow due to following reason - Too many programs running at startup or in the background - Data Corruption, hard disk fragmentation - Missing Windows updates or outdated drivers - Not enough hard drive space, too many unused programs - Left over programs, old cached and temporary files So Follow these steps to fix computer problem:: - Delete all the temp files - Remove unused programs - install latest drivers from the manufacturer site - Install and run antispyware software - Free up wasted space with Disk Cleanup tool - Defragment your hard disk drive If you are unable to perform above tasks then use a single utility tool like PC Fresher that will fix windows errors that cause of system slow
your System may be slow due to following reason - Too many programs running at startup or in the background - Data Corruption, hard disk fragmentation - Missing Windows updates or outdated drivers - Not enough hard drive space, too many unused programs - Left over programs, old cached and temporary files So Follow these steps to fix computer problem:: - Delete all the temp files - Remove unused programs - install latest drivers from the manufacturer site - Install and run antispyware software - Free up wasted space with Disk Cleanup tool - Defragment your hard disk drive If you are unable to perform above tasks then use a single utility tool like PC Fresher that will fix windows errors that cause of system slow
Improve performance by defragmenting your hard disk
Fragmentation makes your hard
disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Removable storage
devices such as USB
flash drives can also become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter rearranges
fragmented data so your disks and drives can work more efficiently. Disk
Defragmenter runs on a schedule, but you can also analyze and defragment your
disks and drives manually. To do this, follow these steps:
Under Current status, select the disk you
want to defragment.
To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click
Analyze disk. If you are
prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or
Once Windows is finished
analyzing the disk, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in
the Last Run column. If the number is above 10%, you
should defragment the disk.
Click Defragment disk. If you are
prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or
Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours
to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk.
You can still use your computer during the defragmentation process.
If the disk is already in exclusive use by another program, or if
the disk is formatted using a file system other than NTFS
file system, FAT, or FAT32,
it can't be defragmented.
Network locations can't be defragmented.
If a disk that you're expecting to see under Current status is not showing up there, it might be because it
contains an error. You should try to repair the disk first, then return to Disk
Defragmenter to try again. See Check your hard
disk for errors for more information.
also "hibernate" the computer instead of "shut down"
With Windows Vista and Windows 7, hard drive fragmentation is a minor issue, and rarely contributes to a computer's slowness. If you're still running Windows Vista, I would highly recommend an upgrade to Windows 7, as it will likely help speed things up.
When a file gets saved onto the hard drive it is placed into a certain portion of the drive for accessing later. New files/information are stored in sequence after it. When info is removed/deleted the space is freed up for use future use. Well, as more files are added the computer plugs them into the next bit of free space that is availible. When a hard disk/drive is nearing capacity the computer will sometimes have to break a larger file up to fit it on the drive, resulting in it taking longer to access the info to be able to reassemble it.
A defragmenter will find all of the file fragments and open spaces and reorganize them putting them all back together in a neat row, like with like. So on an older computer or one that is nearing its storage capacity, when a program requests a file it doesn't have to spend time searching and putting things back together making the whole system respond faster and less likely to fail/crash.
This on a windows machine is a system file from Microsoft and is perfectly safe to use. BE WARNED!! This can take a LOONNNGGGGG time so be prepared to have the computer unavailible for up to several hours (running it and going to be is a good idea!) This will make the computer run more efficiently and makes a significant difference when on an older machine.
Hi there, There is a free program called ncleaner that I use to free up space on Windows. It properly deletes all unnecessary files on your system, and can also 'shred' the free space on the system, and clean up redundant registry entries. I swear by it. you can download it from here: http://www.nkprods.com/ncleaner/
Another trick is to go to My Computer > C: > Program Files > Java, and delete older versions of Java. Leave the most recent one (ie the highest number), but when Java updates it doesn't delete older versions, which can increasingly take up space on your hard drive.
I would recommend ncleaner as essential, and the Java deletion method as optional. After you have cleaned the drive and the registry etc. with ncleaner you might be able to get a little more space back by defragmenting the hard drive. Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter and then press Defragment. This is something you should be doing occasionally anyway.
Try and keep around 15% of your hard drive free at all times to avoid the system from slowing down and hanging up. You could burn all your media files onto disk, or move them onto a USB stick, and then delete them from the hard drive.
If its 256 or below, try adding or upgrading it to 512 mb or more. Having insufficient memory causes your computer to take some space of your hard disk as a substitute, which is a lot slower than the memory ram.
Also check how much space is available on your hard disk. About 15% of the hard disk space must be freed to prevent slowdown.
Use the Disk Cleanup tool to clean some unneeded files. Go to My Computer, then right-click the drive you want to clean up, then click Properties, and click Disk Cleanup.
Try also to defrag your files to lessen the time for the access arm of your hard disk to search/read a file. To defrag your hard disk (or other storage device), go to My Computer, then right-click the drive you want to defrag, click on Properties, then tools, and click Deframent now. Analyze first so you will know if you should defrag the volume, then defrag if necessary. Do this every month to prevent too much fragmentation of files.
Scan for virus and spyware, becuase most of them take hard disk space, memory and have high CPU usage, thus making your system slow even there is no program running. For free anti virus, try AVG. For anti-spyware, try SpyBot S&D.
Also make sure that your computer is properly ventilated. Heat could also limit the performance of your computer.