But using software to optimize your storage can be

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But using software to optimize your storage can be done on a very regular basis because it's easy to do and costs nothing. Since you can automate your software utilities to run when you're not using the system, so it doesn't involve any downtime for the computer, I would highly recommend that you perform these procedures on a very regular and frequent basis. Unfortunately, many people don't perform these tasks until it becomes an emergency. When that happens, it takes a long time to defragment your hard disk drive and scan for errors. But if you perform them regularly, then it doesn't take much time at all because you're not trying to fix a huge number of problems. How often you perform these tasks depends on how heavily the system is used. If you have a very heavily used system, then you might want to run your Error Checking scan, your Disk Cleanup and your Disk Defragmentation fairly frequently. Maybe even as much as once a week or more. If your system does not get used at all that heavily, then you could probably get away withperforming these tasks every other week or once a month. The key thing is that you do it on a regular basis. Doing so will keep your hard disk drive optimized and running at optimal speed. Summary 13:00-13:21 In this lesson, we talked about some of the things that you can do to optimize the storage in your computer system. We looked at optimizing your hardware, like upgrading your hard disk drive to a faster rotational speed and upgrading your disk interface. Then we looked at tasks that you can perform using software, like running Disk Cleanup, defragmenting your hard drive, and scanning the disk for errors to optimize your storage. Optimizing Disks in Windows 0:00-0:09 In this demonstration, we're going to look at some things you can do to optimize the hard disk drives in a Windows system. Clean Up the Disk 0:10-8:34 I'm going to come down here to my File Explorer icon, and let's go to This PC, and here I can see all the hard disk drives currently installed in this system. Now, one of the key things to remember about optimizing hard disk drives in a Windows system is the fact that a mostly empty hard disk drive is going to perform a lot better than a mostly full hard disk drive, and it has to do with the way the NTFS file system fragments files on the hard disk drive. The more full the hard disk is, the more fragmented the files will be, and the more time it will take for the read/write heads to both write information to the hard disk, and to read information from the hard disk drive. Therefore, you want to keep your hard disks as empty as possible. Now, in this system, let's take a look at our C: drive. Notice that this is just a lab system so it has just a tiny 40 gigabyte hard disk drive installed in it. This is much smaller than you would see in a production system. The key point, though, is how much of this disk is currently being utilized for file storage. Now, notice that it's about 40 gigs total size, and of those 40 gigs, about 25 gigs are still free.We're well under 50% utilization on the hard
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