Computer Disk Clean Up
Hard disk cleanup, repair and maintenance guide
In this page you are going to learn
How to do disk clean up



Essential routine hard disk cleanup, maintenance and repair tasks

Computer tools to be used for disk cleanup and how to use them.


Regular computer hard disk clean up is vital to prevent errors and to keep your PC in top form. A healthy hard drive will protect your data and will make your PC fast by allowing fast access to files and folders.

Here are the essential regular hard disk cleanup and maintenance tasks.

Scandisk


Scandisk is a PC tool available in Windows Operating System. This is a diagnostic and repair program that scans the data on your hard drive.
 


Benefits of Scandisk and types of bug fixing



Scandisk PC tool can verify the file and directory structure of your data and can perform repairs when problems are found. Scandisk can further run a surface scan on your hard drive to determine whether or not any physical damage is present and attempt to move affected data to another section of the hard drive.

By using this hard drive clean up tool you can increase the speed of your PC, as this will enable faster access to files and folders.

If you hear a strange noise from the Hard Drive ( tick tick sound) use Scandisk immediately. It is recommended to use scan disk once every two months. However, increase the frequency if you are a regular PC user.

To access Scandisk in Windows XP Open Windows Explorer->Right click on C:drive->select properties->go to tools tab and select Error Checking. To access Scandisk in Windows 98 Click Start button then go to Programs->ACCESSORIES-> SYSTEM TOOLS and select Scandisk.



Disk Defragmenter


Disk Defragmenter is also a disk clean up PC tool available in Windows Operating System. This is a program which optimizes your PC performance by rewriting the data on you hard drive to ensure that files are written together on the same part of the hard drive or are written in a manner to speed the boot process or the launch of resident applications.

The more a PC is used, the more the hard drive is fragmented. Basic PC operation will create pockets of unused space all over the hard drive, then utilize those unused pockets to store data; in many cases, data from the same file or program will be written to these blank pockets all over the hard drive, often degrading the PC's performance. The operating system or an application program often has to access a wide area of hard drive space to make a program run.

To run Disk Defragmenter Click Start button then go to Programs->ACCESSORIES-> SYSTEM TOOLS and select Disk Defragmenter.
It is recommended to use Defragmenter tool once in every two months. However, increase the frequency if you are a heavy PC user.



Delete temporary Internet files


Every time you go to a web site, a copy of what you see on your monitor is stored in a special place on your computer. In theory this makes your web surfing go faster. If you return to a site you went to yesterday (or last week ), your web browser just accesses the copy stored on your hard drive. That's ok if you don't mind seeing the same thing all over again, but when I go back to a site I want to see the most current information, don't you? After a while the file that holds the Temporary Internet files can get so big it slows your computer's performance.

Which PC tool to be used for temporary file disk clean up?

No special repair tool. In Internet Explorer, click on the Tools menu & select Internet options. Half way down is the button marked 'Delete Files'. Go ahead & click on it. Then put a check mark in the little white square that says 'Delete all offline content' and click ok. Got an hourglass? Taking a long time for it to go away? You really needed to delete those files. But you are not through yet. To really finish the job you need to close all open windows for Internet Explorer.

You can also delete the Temporary Internet files from the Control Panel by clicking on your Start button on your Desktop, select Settings & the Control Panel. Look for the icon named Internet Options and use the same procedure explained above.


Delete temporary Internet files in every 20-30 days.

AOL users can delete their Temporary Internet files this way. If you are using Netscape, click on Edit & select Preferences. On the left side of the new menu that opens, click on the plus sign in front of Advanced. Highlight 'Cache". In the same menu to your right, click on 'Clear Memory' and then click on 'Clear disk cache'. Then close your browser.



Disk Clean up


Deleting temporary Internet files also a part of disk clean up. But there are other temporary files, which are taking unnecessary disk space. This process is essential if you have a small hard drive and are constantly on the verge of running out of space.

Which computer repair tool should be used?
Computer clean up tools available in Windows. Click Start button then go to Programs->ACCESSORIES-> SYSTEM TOOLS and select Disk Cleanup. This will search and display set of temporary files can be deleted from your computer. Tick on each box and run the tool.
 


Uninstall unnecessary programs


This may be oversimplified but let's bypass the tech speak. A couple of things happen when you install programs. First, they sit on your hard drive taking up space, and they have installed files to your "Registry". Also probably some DLL's (these are little files needed for Windows to make the programs run) in your PC.

So what is a DLL? Dynamic Link Library file. These go in a Windows initializing file called "system.ini". INI for Initialization File. When Windows starts it looks at the "system.ini to see what programs have to be available so they will start when you want to use them.

Windows also reads the Registry to see what programs are on your Computer and what it has to do to make them work. Also, Windows also reads your Startup Folder to see what has to start automatically and hide in the background. Also the "msconfig" to place all these programs in your "Startup".

There are a lot more things happen but let's just look at these items to see how they effect your system. Yeah, I thought the same thing. "I never use them and I have plenty of room on my hard drive so why bother removing them?"

Well, as all of this is happening and while you are looking at the Windows logo, Windows is secretly loading all of it's mysterious Stuff and your mind is blank, Windows is applying all of this information to "System Resources" and slowing down the operation of your PC.

Yup, it is using up resources like they had no limit. If you have more Stuff than Resources Windows will just stop! Not to mention that when it does get loaded and your pretty Windows background shows up, a lot of your Resources are already used up. Now you want to run a couple of programs. Nope! Illegal Operation or Critical Error. "CRASH" and "LOCKUP".


How to uninstall unnecessary programs and clean up your PC

Click on the "Start" button, then "Settings", then double click on "Control Panel". Find the program you want to remove and select it then hit the Add/Remove button. Follow the instructions and it will try it's best to get rid of the program.

Not always successfully though. You may get a message that "Some files could not be removed". If you are lucky there will be a "Details" button that will give you the information about "Leftover Stuff". Write down the information and then you get to be a detective and try to find them so you can remove them manually.

After you have removed the "Old acquaintances" you should run "Scandisk" and then "Defrag" your hard drive. Removing files and programs will leave holes or spaces all over your drive slowing it down even more. You will be amazed at the performance change.


 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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