Why Defrag?

It is sweet when you go to a file cabinet to get a file and everything you need is in one file. Imagine how it would be if the pages you needed on one client were in many different folders, could be time consuming, right?

When a computer writes to a hard drive it finds the first open spot on the hard drive, fills it, then moves to the next. Because we are always deleting and changing the size of files we can end up with pieces all over the place. When a drive becomes fragmented it slows way down trying to find all the pieces.

That’s why there is a tool called a defragmenter. It tidies the hard drive up, finding the individual fragments, rearranging the hard drive’s space, and putting the individual fragments where they belong.

The defrag operation can take 30 minutes to several hours.


Why is my computer so much slower?

  • When your computer was new, it was faster than your old one. Now, it is slower than the other computers that are around. The computer seems slower, because your frame of reference is different.
  • As you use your computer, you will often download programs such as realplayer, aol, antivirus software, and other programs that run whenever your computer boots up.  These programs usually show up in the system tray by the clock. Each of these programs takes up system resources (memory) while it is running. This will cause your computer to slow down.
  • Alos as your computer is used, the hard disk drive becomes fragmented, which slows down the amount of time it takes to read a file off the hard drive. This affects the speed at which programs load as well.
  • You could have spyware. Spyware is a general classification for software that is designed to track the way you use your computer. Spyware usually just tracks your internet browsing habits, and sends you popup ads based on the sites that you regularly visit. Some spyware is much more insidious, and causes you to receive unsolicited emails (SPAM), or even places pornography on your machine. A competent computer professional can assist you in removing the spyware from your computer, and immunizing your computer so that you are less likely to get spyware again in the future.
  • Most people do not know that the Google toolbar, Bing toolbar, Yahoo toolbar and all others are spyware.