| November 28, 2020

Four useful hard drive optimization tips

Four useful hard drive optimization tips
The hard drive is without a doubt one of the most iconic computer components ever. It has seen major upgrades in the last years, going from a storage space of a few MBs to over 1 TB.

It needs a lot of maintaining to work properly: defragmentation, partitioning, regular cleaning, and so on. And, still, it has pretty low speeds. There are some methods of hard drive optimization that could give your hard drive some extra speed.
Here are some tips that can help you optimize your hard drive:

Partition your drive
For hard drives, partitioning is a very good maintenance method. By partitioning, you can keep your Windows files in one partition and your other data on other partitions. This ensures that the files do not mix and cause errors. Also, if you use more than one operating systems (for example Windows and Linux), it’s better to keep them on different partitions. Windows offers a partitioning tool when you install it, but you can do this with third party apps or the Disk Utility feature from the Windows OS.

Defragment often
Windows OS offers a Disk Defragmenter tool that allows you to defragment hard drives, making them perform better and giving them a longer lifespan. This process “evens out” the data on a hard drive, by not allowing it to clump together. This process can be done with third party apps, which offer better defragmentation than the Windows OS tool. A list of defragmentation programs can be seen here.

Clean your drive
This doesn’t mean giving your hard drive a bath, but to keep it clean on the inside. Delete old and useless data, empty your Recycle Bin, delete the Temporary Internet data and browser search history. Also, you can give your registry a wipe, by deleting entries that are of no use now. There are lots of utilities to help you clean the data on your hard drive and get rid of those useless files. Also, another advantage of deleting all that old information is that you can free up some space on your partition (sometimes, even more than 1GB).

Create a page file partition
The page file partition is a place where the opened programs can keep their temp files. Usually, this information is kept in the RAM, but by using this method, you can free your RAM. The only information that the RAM will hold is from the files that you use in that moment, the other information that is frequently used will be stored in this partition. To create a page file partition, navigate to: Control Panel-> System-> Advanced System Settings-> Advanced-> Performance-> Settings-> Advanced-> Virtual Memory-> Change. And create a new partition for those files (a size of about 1GB is recommended).