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5. Maximizing Performance > 5.2. Hard Disk

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 health 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.

Inevitably, the storage in your computer will need to be expanded, either to make room for a newer version of Windows, or to make room for all your stuff after installing Windows. Later in this section, you’ll find tips on upgrading and repartitioning your hard disk, allowing you to keep your disk and its data in tip-top shape.


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