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Hard drive/memory/speed if i have files such as itunes on an external hard drive hooked up through a UBS port and also on my computers hard drive. my computer is getting old and starting to run slower than i would like- i am trying to speed up my computer and preserve it's life before having to shell out the bucks for a new one. my question is- can i now take files completely off my computers hard drive without losing them since they are now on the external hard drive? thanks

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Music files and photo files take up a lot of memory/space on a hard drive. If you are using your flash dirve (external drive) to upload songs, phots etc to a website (i.e. Facebook;MySpace etc.) you can upload them directly from the external drive rather than loading them to your computer. I suggest, that if you have a cd/dvd burner, burn all music and photo files to dic, if your external drive is for temporary storage. Once you have done this, remove all music and photo files (except any you may want to use as start up theme music, background use for desktop etc.) then, degragment your hard drive, C:\. Once the degragmentation is complete, close all programs and reboot your computer. NOTE: while you can operate the computer while a defragmentatioin is in progress, any use slows this process, as degragmentations (or defrag's) can take some time to complete (i.e. 1 hour or more depending on the status of the computer and it's need for being defragmented) You can run an analasys to determine if it need to be defraged. This can be done under the Start Menu,All Programs, Accessories, System Tools,Disc Defragmenter: When Disc Defragmenter Opens, it will give you a list of the internal (hard drives,including the D:/ Partitioned Drive) Select C:\ and click on Analyze. This should only take a few minutes to complete. Once the Analysis is complete, it will tell you directly whether or not the computer (Drive C:\) needs to be defragged. In the event it does not, You can also run a Disc Cleanup: Go to Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disc Cleanup. Be careful doing this as you do not want to remove any programs that you use on a regular basis, or frequently, that the computer automatically may deem "seldom used". Here, you can remove, or uninstall programs and files that you or the computer do not need, and free up space. Freeing up memory or space will improve speed a little bit. Depending on the OS (operating system) and it's current grade (upgraded or not) - you may need to have more memory and RAM installed.

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