Week #1

Welcome to our new series of blog posts, Simplifying The Geek Speak! How many times have you asked a simple question, let’s say… “How do I make my computer run faster?”… and receive an answer along the lines of… “We need a check disk, a defrag, possibly a modification to the startup services and the boot.ini file, if that doesn’t work then an anti-virus blah blah blah blah…” And all you want to say is… “Are you speaking a different language?”

Well, this blog line is setting out to simplify the overly complicated. Our first example will be just that –
How Do I Make My Computer Run Faster?

One option is a disk defragment. The simple definition is to picture your computer as a parking garage. As spaces open up in the parking garage, cars park. They don’t park all at once, taking those parking spaces up one at a time. It’s as the parking spaces are available. Well, your computer does the same thing. It saves and uses parts of your hard drive as they become available. A disk defragment will look at all the empty parking spots in the parking garage and move the cars around so they all line up nicely, instead of with gaps in between and some cars parked on level 1, with others parked on the roof.
The result is…a faster computer. All of the cars (data) are now parked in a line and the computer can get to them faster and more efficiently.

To defragment your hard disk (Windows 8)-
• Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Disk Defragmenter, and then, in the list of results, click Disk Defragmenter.
• Under Current status, select the disk you want to defragment.
• To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click Analyze disk. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
• Once Windows is finished analyzing the disk, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in the Last Run column. If the number is above 10%, you should defragment the disk.
• Click Defragment disk. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. You can still use your computer during the defragmentation process.

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