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Does freeing up Hard Disk space speed up computer??


Question Posted Monday January 25 2010, 6:36 pm

Hi I just had a quick question.
I have a Windows Vista, 2.66ghz dual core laptop with 4 GB of RAM, and a 400GB hard drive.

My hard disk space is almost full. I was wondering does it really make a difference,in regards to my computers performance, if I free up space in my hard drive? And if so how much of it should I keep free?
Thanks for the help.


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BK201 answered Wednesday January 27 2010, 10:51 am:
Always good to free up as much as you can.

I'm pretty boggled you filled up 400 GB of hard drive though.

If you have that much stuff running, I suggest you buy an external hard drive (50 dollars) and put it all there so you can run a cleaner tidier computer.

Also I suggest you run windows 7 instead because it's way faster than vista. Think of vista as a shot in open water, and windows 7 was the corrected version. Windows 7 actually takes up less memory than windows xp. So that does say something.

Your ram is good too. I'm not sure how educated you are with computers. So I'm thinking if you have a specific problem, like slow internet. Let us know.

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WittyUsernameHere answered Tuesday January 26 2010, 2:24 pm:
One gigabyte generally.

The computer has whats called a "paging file". This is space reserved from the hard drive which the computer uses similarly to ram, so that you can free up the actual active memory spaces.

Ever minimized something for a long time, maybe played a game or watched a movie, and then pulled it back up and it takes a while? Thats because it was on your hard drive to free up ram space.

1 Gig is usually plenty, that gives you alot of space on your hard drive for the computer to use if you've got alot of stuff open.

Also, defragmenting your hard drive lowers read times, so do that every three or four months. Its in system tools in accessories usually.

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