Get the Most Out of Your Hard Drive

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For most people, their hard drive is like their brain – it’s often slow, cobwebby, and has to catch up to what’s going on around it. Every once in a while it stops working altogether and you have to get a new one. (Perhaps that’s where the analogy breaks down.)

It doesn’t have to be this way, however. In a perfect world, we should all be able to upgrade and fix our hard drives to be as capable as possible. We should be able to back up and recover files, run multiple programs, and store lots and lots of files without worry. Below are a few easy ways everyone can accomplish this, adapted from Lifehacker:

• The hardware that makes up your hard drive wears with time and age, and eventually it will become noisy. For a desktop computer, you can quiet this annoyance by getting some rubber shock absorbers. For a laptop, the best way to quiet a hard drive down is to clean it. NotebookReview has a good, simple guide for how to clean your laptop. Keeping your laptop clean will give it a longer life and make it work better.

• To optimize storage space on your hard drive, you need to know what’s taking up all that space to begin with. The first step is to visualize your usage. Be sure to research hard drive analyzers, and find one whose interface suits you.

• Many people don’t upgrade their hard drives because it’s too inconvenient – you have to pay someone to do it, and then back up all your files before completely reinstalling your operating system. Wrong! It’s actually possible for anyone to install his or her own hard drive. Here’s a handy installation guide for desktops that will leave you feeling like the on-call support guy that we all call from time to time.

There are more ways to tackle the issue of the slow hard drive. What tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve?

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