December 5, 2011

Keep your Hard Disk Clean and Lean to Extend the Service Life of your Vista Computer

The hard disk of your Vista computer is a major component that would render your Vista computer useless if it breaks down. Taking good care of your hard disk can extend its useful life and hence prolong the useful life of your Vista computer. There are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your computer's hard disk is protected against situations that can lead to early breakdown.

If you own a laptop, make sure that it is not exposed to high temperature surroundings when in operation. Keep your laptop well ventilated whenever it is in use. Avoid using your laptop in situations where there is extreme vibration that can harm the operation of your hard disk. Don't use your laptop while riding a vehicle that is traversing a bumpy road.

When using your Vista computer, a few programs may automatically run after start-up like your anti-virus or Windows malware protection, If you see that your hard disk is busy, don't run any programs yet and wait until the hard disk busy light turns off. This is to make sure that your hard disk does not experience unnecessary heavy load immediately after start-up.

To minimize the work that your hard disk will be doing, ensure that you have a large enough random access memory on your Vista computer. This will minimize the number of times, your computer will have to access your hard disk for the data  that your computer's processor needs. Thus, the time that your hard disk will be working is greatly decreased.

However, one thing that can immensely help prolong the service life of your hard disk is keeping its contents to the minimum that you can possibly can. This means that you avoid dumping a lot of unnecessary and unneeded files on your hard disk. When you only have a small number of files, your anti-virus and malware protection programs will only have a small set of files to scan and this immensely reduce the time that your hard disk is working.

By default, the indexing service on your Vista computer is turned on. This means that a program runs in the background while your computer is on, indexing all the files that are stored on your hard disk. The more files that your hard disk contains, the longer the time that your hard disk would be spinning while the indexing programs read data on your files.

If you have time to do so, check the utilization of your hard disk space and if the free space is less than 50 percent, it is more likely that you have accumulated a lot of unnecessary files on your hard disk. Take a good look of what files are stored and delete all files that are obsolete and no longer needed. Of those that remains, check for files that you don't immediately need and move them to a backup media such as USB drives or SD cards. Files that you want to preserve for posterity should be copied to DVD disks and deleted from your hard disk. You should aim for a minimum of 50 per cent reduction in the current space utilization of your hard disk.

Video files and sound files such as music files are notorious users of hard disk space. If you own gadgets or tablets that can play these files, you can move some of them to those devices that use solid state technology for data storage. If the files are protected, you can use the synchronizing programs of your device to copy those files to your other gadgets.

More and more small screen devices are being used to read digital books and magazines that can be downloaded from the Internet. If you have a lot of ebooks in your Vista computer, you might want to transfer some of them to your other devices. This could significantly reduce the storage space that your computer's hard disk is using.

Computer programs are also big users of hard disk space. You can check your control panel for programs that you have never used and do not plan on using in the immediate future. Use your control panel tool to uninstall these unneeded programs from your Vista computer. Your Internet browser is also accumulating a large number of files as you surf the Internet. You should regularly delete these files so that they don't continue to accumulate.

Lastly, don't forget to perform disk clean up of your Vista computer every now and then. A lot of files are created and stored as you use your computer without you knowing them. Some of these are used by the operating system while others are used by your applications. The disk clean up program erases these files from your hard disk.

The less data you have on your hard disk, the less work your hard disk would have to perform to support your data processing needs. A lot of files that you do not really need tends to get accumulated in your hard disk. These files make the work of your hard disk harder. They will stay there until you remove them. Keep your Vista computer's hard disk clean and lean to give your hard disk a long and useful life.

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