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Chapter 5. Maximizing Performance > Squeezing Performance Out of Your Hard Disk

5.2. Squeezing Performance Out of Your Hard Disk

Your hard disk is more than just a storage device; it's used to hold your operating system and to supplement your system's memory. The speed and configuration of your hard disk is a major factor in your computer's performance, not to mention its reliability and security. The following topics all deal with different aspects of your hard disk and how effectively Windows uses it.

5.2.1. A Defragmentation Crash-Course

The best way to ensure maximum performance from your drive is to regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) defragment it (also called optimizing). Figure 5-3 shows how frequent use can cause files to become fragmented (broken up), which can slow access and retrieval of data on the drive, as well as increase the likelihood of lost data.


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