Have you noticed that your computer takes time to boot up? When you click on a Word document does it feel like it takes ages to open? How did this happen when your computer is just a few years old?
The reason is that like any other electronic device, computers need to be maintained too. Only then will you be able to enjoy the optimum performance of your computer for several years. So do you need to be an expert to maintain your computer?
Of course not. By following a few simple techniques, you will be able to keep your computer in tip top shape and enjoy the performance for many years.
Click on My Computer in your computer. You should see something like C: present there. This is known as a partition. When you buy a computer, you should insist your vendor to provide more than one partition.
If you have been unlucky and already have a computer with just one partition, don’t worry because you can create additional partitions in Windows.
Why do you need more than one partition?
So that you can separate your computers system files in one partition and your data files (movies, games, songs, etc) into another partition.
How does this help?
Fragmentation is a situation that happens if you keep on adding or removing files from your computer. Basically it happens because your files are split into smaller pieces that get scattered all over your hard drive. So your computer requires more time to read all the small pieces and assemble them into a single file.
Since your system partition (with Windows) is separate, not many files will be added or removed from it. So your operating system boot up will be faster.
Your computer uses virtual memory. This means that if your RAM is not sufficient then Windows will use part of your hard drive. So if you have a single partition and it keeps getting full, it affects your virtual memory.
By keeping a separate data partition, your system partition will be free and your virtual memory will work efficiently.
So the tip to speed up your computer is to keep at least two partitions, for example, C: for Windows and D: for your data. This avoids fragmentation, keeps your system partition free and also protects your data in case of an operating system failure.
This is just one tip that you can use to improve the speed of your computer. You can find 21 additional ways to speed up your computer here.