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Tips on Improving Your Hard Disk Performance

After you finish installing a hard disk drive in your PC and install the operating system, there are still a few things you can do to keep your drive operating in peak form.

Defrag Your Hard Disk Regularly

As you use your computer, you are continually creating and deleting files—even if you are not aware of it. Many software programs create temporary files that are deleted when you exit the program. When you format your hard disk, you are actually dividing it into small areas called sectors. Without going into a lot of technical detail, every time you create a file, your operating system saves a set number of bytes into every sector. When a sector is filled, your operating system uses the next available sector to save more of the file, and so on, until all the file is saved into however many sectors it needs. The sectors do not have to be next to each other to store parts of the same file. The operating system keeps track of which sectors are storing which files. So in a relatively short period of time, it's not only possible, but very likely, that your files are scattered all over your hard disk.


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