Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Improve Computer Performance: Mac & Windows

Don't you just hate it when your hard drive fills up, thus sharply reducing the amount of space available for virtual memory?

If this is you, don't panic. This hard drive bloat problem is fixable:

Space is so precious. But you can free some up on your computer by deleting large programs and archiving bigger files.

To archive those big files, clone your computer's hard drive using Fog or Clonezilla for Windows or SuperDuper for Mac to a bigger hard drive. You can move your files from a smaller drive to a 500 Gigabytes or even 1 Terabyte (that's 1,000 Gigabytes) drive and it will have all your files on it. (This is also necessary and helpful for backing-up all your files for peace of mind in case an ugly superbug ever finds it way into your system--heaven forbid!)

Here are two fine, free programs that will highlight those giant, yet hard-to-identify files so that you can delete them:

For Windows
Largest Files Finder

For Mac
Disk Inventory X

(Note: Consumers, beware! Recently I met someone that tried finallyfast.com for her computer's woeful slowdowns. After running the diagnostics, she made the recommended purchases. Of course, this worked temporarily, but caused bigger issues in the long run as it automatically installed gi-normous programs that were even bigger than the original problem-causing programs. I do not recommend this website!)

Mac users can also use this alternative, which is free to use, but $15 to delete the files for the program OmniDiskSweeper

If that doesn't work, re-install your computer
(Wipe out the drive, then reinstall all programs. Then put in all data)

Doing this will eliminate tons of unnecessary files. Make sure to do FULL back-up before you begin this process. But you will have to go through all those files before you put them back on the drive, or you will be right back to Square #1.


When all else fails--not even the techs can fix it, it's time for Plan Z: Splurge on a new computer.

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