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  Now that we've removed or relocated alot of data, it's crucial that we defrag the hard drive. Disk Defragmenter is a program that has been built into Microsoft's operating systems for quite some time now. How it operates is that it basically takes all the data on your hard drive that's scattered about and lines it all up in order, and organizes it. This allows for more usable free space, and all your files are indexed in order which means the hard drive won't spend as much time seeking the files out each time you or your programs need to access them. So let's open Disk Defragmenter. For that we need to re-navigate our start menu and find "Disk Defragmenter". (It's usually found under "System Tools"). Once you locate it, click on it. It should open up a window like the one below. Here you have two options. You can either analyze your hard drive, which lets you know the amount of fragmentation your hard drive has, and if it reaches a certain percent, it will recommend defragmenting. Or you can skip the analysis, and start the defragmenting no matter what percentage it's at. I recommend the latter as it's always a good thing to do. Depending on your fragment counts, this may take some time. I also recommend doing it to any other hard drives that may be installed in your machine.



  The things we've gone over so far are things that would be labeled as advanced maintenance. However, slowdowns can be caused by things that go beyond maintenance to the realm of repairs. Things like viruses and spyware, missing system files, conflicting hardware, damaged computer components. Even a buildup of dust inside the computer case can hinder the performance of your computer. These things can get quite in depth, and are best left for professionals. But as far as maintenance goes, that's about it. Let's take a look at how your computer has improved. (You may have already noticed it having sped up as you completed some of these steps). Let's reopen Windows Task Manager by pressing Control + Alt + Delete simultaneously. Let's go back to the performance tab. Take a look at where your stats are now compared to where they were in step 1 of this exercise. Look at both the PF Usage which should be lower, and also take a look at your available physical memory. That number should have increased. Depending on your situation you may have even noticed a decline in CPU usage. Also go back into My Computer and right click on your (C:) hard drive and click on properties. Compare the results you have now, with the results you got back at the beginning in step 2. You should notice more free space than you had initially.


  I hope this has been useful to you. This entails most of the maintenance part of our cleanup services, and I believe for many this will be all they need to do to restore their computer to being like new. For those who need further help, we recommend making an appointment with us, or another I.T. professional to have a more in-depth cleaning that can also include repairs, or even upgrades if needed.



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