Hi. my computer is been running really slow. and one of the the other tech told me to check my hard drive and see if i at least have 28% of free space. well on my C drive ive got 40% and on my D drive i have 7%. i was wonder if i defragment my drives would that harm my computer? basically will i lose some of my programs? i will appreciate it if you could help me.
A defragmenter only rearranges the fragmented files back together contiguously to improve file access time. It doesnt delete anything. As a general rule, the built in tool requires about 15-20% free space to move stuff about. You can try running diskcleanup to free up space. But even if you cant, you can try one of the new automatic defragmenters which defrag with even as less as 5% free space.
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remove / uninstal any programs not in use
defrag the hard drive
add extra ram card
replace the hard drive with a solid state hard drive ( no disc to slow down)
talk with a computer repair shop as to upgrading components / mother board to faster chip
what operating system are you running? How long has it been installed? Do you use antivirus? Did you just install the ram, if so was it faster or slower before? How old is your pc? Common reasons for a slow computer are a failing hard drive, Bad RAM modules, Viruses, Or the hardware is just plain worn out.
Ram is sold in differnet sizes which is the most realized factor of ram. but Ram is also sold at different speeds.
If you have 4gb of ram at 800mhz each then 2gb of ram at 1333mhz would still outperform the slower 4 gb. Make sure this is not the problem (would only be if you changed the ram and encountered problems)
Run a memory testing program, there are thousands of free ram test programs for free.
Try different ram sticks.
Backup important files and reinstall windows (this will fix 90% of slow computers)
Try a different hard drive: you will need to install fresh or take an image of drive and put it on new drive. (if you image your drive make a partition on the new drive that is as close to the same size as you can to avoid problems.
Run antivirus software, run a registry cleaner and defrag the hard drive. Is the machine running hot? This can cause problems like: slow processing, PC freezing up and PC shutting down. Make sure all the vents are clear of dust and the fan is working properly.
Do a disc clean-up of your hard drive...Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disc Clean-up
After the Disc clean-up of your hard drive do a Disc Defragment...Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disc Defragment
After that if it is still running slow then You are probably infected with spyware or a maybe a virus or Trojans.
Try this first...go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Restore...and restore your computer to a time when it was running fast.
If that doesn't work then I recommend that you download and install and run Microsoft Safey Scanner to remove the virus or other junk and spyware.
It is a free program with tech help via the web thru web chat. He can even take control of your computer and do the removal work for you if it is not removed by Microsoft Safety Scanner.
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If you have changed OS, your problem probably is not due to malware or bloat.
Upgraded to 2gb ram, new hard drive. And still you think it is too slow.
I think either you are too fussy, and expect too much OR your laptop has major problems at a chipset level.
Have you tried running some benchmark software to check if it really is running slow???
I would Do a fresh install of windows, SELL it and change to a different model.
Try checking a couple of reviews on sites like Custom PC, for a good fast laptop.
first--what O/S do you have? Windows XP should have at least 1GB of RAM to run well. 2GB is much better. What is running in the background? From Start run the MSCONFIG command and check the startup tab. Uncheck programs you don't need starting up. You can actually uncheck everything but your antivirus software. Run scandisk (check your hard drive for errors) then defrag it. How much free space is on the hard drive? If you are working with less than 25% free space, your hard drive will slow down.
if you are experiencing these and unsure on what to do, better take your laptop a laptop tech, if you feel that you needed a hard drive change, then take it to a tech, have them replace your old hard drive
Ensure that you hard drive has at least 20% of the hard drive available as free space.
Defragment the hard drive
Ensure that in System Properties, Advanced, Performance, settings, Advanced tab, Virtual memory. Ensure that System managed is selected.
System Properties, Advanced, Performance, settings, Visual Effects, Select adjust for best performance
Start, Run, MSCONFIG, Startup tab, uncheck items that you do not need to run at startup. Items to leave include Antivirus, and printer settings. Items like quicktime, adobe kodak etc can usually be disabled without losing functionality. If you uncheck an item and reboot and lose a needed function, you can go back and re-check it.