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Im trying to get access to my main memory to erase some stuff to speed the computer up

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Memory is usually volatile, meaning once the power is off, the memory self wipes.

But it seems you are talking about storage. Storage, like a hard drive, is non-voliatile, meaning it retains the data until it is written over.

If you are trying to access that, you want to clear up files on the hard drive that you no longer want or need.

There is a BIG CAUTION HERE: Some files are needed by the system and should NOT BE REMOVED, while others are needed by installed software and also should not be removed, unless you no longer need that program.

Here are some tips

  1. store all your douments, music, etc. under the folder called "My Documents" There are some exceptions to this rule, such as using a second hard drive to store large or seldom used documents, then it is OK to store them elsewhere.
  2. Disk Clean up: the first step to clean up is the clean up utility. Launch it from start>Accessories>Syetem tools> disk cleanup. Check the options you want to remove. ONE CAVEAT: DO NOT compress older files.
  3. Remove any documents you no longer need. I recommend backing them up to CD. Use a CDR and a CDRW drive with a program like nero or roxio.
  4. Remove any old profiles, of people that no longer use the computer. You may want to ask them to remove/backup any of their documents.
  5. Uninstall old software you no longer need. NEVER just erase the folder they are in. Use that add/remove programs portion in the control panel or the uninetall that the program provides.
  6. Get a bigger hard drive, or a second hard drive. If you are not comfortable doing it your self, have a tech do it for you.
  7. When you have everything off you can take off, defrag the hard drive. My computer>right click C:>properties>Tools Tab>defragment.
Another way to speed up a computer easily is to add memory [RAM]. Storage and RAM have a big imapct on performance, so it is in your best interest to maximize both.

Thanks

Ken

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What is the make and model of your computer?

Are you refering to system memory (RAM), or your hard drive?

Posted on Aug 16, 2008

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