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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
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Checking for free space on your hard drive


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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC

with Laura Bungarz

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You might have a small hard drive and maybe you're wondering if you're out of space. Maybe you tried to put something in and it told you there wasn't enough room on the hard drive. Well how do you know how much room you have left? How do you figure out if you maybe need to get a new hard drive or get a bigger hard drive. Or do I need to remove some stuff or backup the pictures of my vacation to Hawaii? What do I need to do? So what I want you to do is click on the file folder on the task bar and what you're gonna see is at the bottom here is says devices and drives. So it's gonna show me the different drives on my computer.

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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
45m 55s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Checking for free space on your hard drive

You might have a small hard drive and maybe you're wondering if you're out of space. Maybe you tried to put something in and it told you there wasn't enough room on the hard drive. Well how do you know how much room you have left? How do you figure out if you maybe need to get a new hard drive or get a bigger hard drive. Or do I need to remove some stuff or backup the pictures of my vacation to Hawaii? What do I need to do? So what I want you to do is click on the file folder on the task bar and what you're gonna see is at the bottom here is says devices and drives. So it's gonna show me the different drives on my computer.

So C is where Windows typically hangs out and what I want you to do is right click and go to properties, click on it. And what you get is a little pie graph. And the pie graph shows you how much space you have. Used space is blue and purplely pink space is free. So this is a huge hard drive. It's almost one terabyte of space and it's barely used. We've only used less than 100 gigabytes here. So if your pie graph is all blue, you have trouble. And you can do a few things and we've talked about a few ways that you can clean up your computer.

What you need to start doing is removing stuff, backing things up, especially those photos, and clean up that space a little bit. The disk clean up button is right here for you as well so you can use that and clean up that space. And once you do that, you'll find that your computer will run faster. A full hard drive is actually slower than a hard drive that has room to run. So by cleaning up by removing things you don't need, by backing things up and getting them off of your main hard drive, you will speed up your computer.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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