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Chapter 14. Tuning Windows Vista’s Perfo... > Performing Hard Drive Maintenance

Performing Hard Drive Maintenance

For an existing drive, optimization is the same as maintenance, so you should implement the maintenance plan I discuss in Chapter 15. For a hard disk, this means doing the following:

  • Keeping an eye on the disk’s free space to make sure that it doesn’t get too low

  • Periodically cleaning out any unnecessary files on the disk

  • Uninstalling any programs or devices you no longer use

  • Checking all partitions for errors frequently

  • Defragmenting partitions on a regular schedule


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