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Are you one of those zillion PC or laptop users who are facing issues with their hard disks? Constant hard disk problems can cause your PC to run slow or hang. If nothing is done about these issues, your PCs’ perform gets affected or it may finally lead to a full system crash. Therefore, if you want to avoid such an incident from happening, you need to take proper care of your hard disk right from the start. So, if you have bought a new computer or even working on the same PC for years, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your hard disks functioning efficiently.

1.Install strong anti-virus or PC scanning software:

The first step you need to take even before commencing work on your new laptop or PC is to install the latest anti-virus software from a managed IT services provider. Most of PC problems arise because some vicious online threats must have managed to seek into your system. If nothing is done about these viruses, they will someday affect your PC’s speed and erase all the important documents which you had stored over the years. However, with an anti-virus software, you will be able to stop viruses from entering your PC as the anti-virus scans all downloads and prevents any files that contain virus from entering your system.

2.Delete unnecessary files or videos:

Usually when we download files, a copy of that particular file is saved by default, in a ‘downloads’ folder. And if you are the type of person who uses emails frequently to download files, then your hard drive must be filled with duplicates of those files. It is therefore mandatory that you avoid creating these duplicate files by saving your downloads on cloud software like Google Drive. There are some other Cloud IT solutions which you can avail from your IT services provider, which allow you to store files on the cloud and avoid occupying space on your hard disk.

3.Delete cookies:

Deleting cookies is a well-known technique of speeding up your computer. Whenever you surf the internet, certain pages create cookies which will sometimes redirect you to those sites which you may have viewed previously. However, some cookies redirect you to sites containing malware or spyware which may allow hackers to access your PC. Therefore, it is good sense to delete cookies such that your hard disk will be free from malware and your internet surfing will be smoother.

4.Run Disk Defragmenter Frequently:

Every Microsoft Windows Operating System will have the ‘Disk Defragmenter’ tool in the ‘Accessories’ folder. This tool will help in reorganizing the files on your system and consolidating fragmented data, which will allow your PC to function more effectively. Whenever you run this tool the files on your PC which had gotten fragmented over time, will return to the original volume. Defragmenting files frees up space which was otherwise occupied by the fragmented files. Thus, your system will now work faster.

5.Clear your Recycle bin:

As you may know, deleted files get stored temporary in the Recycled bin. The number of files stored here need not necessarily slow down or affect your hard disk. However, if you have deleted a large number of files in one go, then it is better to delete them once and for all and free up space in your hard disk, instead of storing them in Recycle bin unnecessarily.

6.Avoid storing excess files:

This happens mostly when you buy a new PC. Since you are using a fresh new system, you may tend to keep storing files on your PC that are work related. You may even save files, pictures or documents which you download from the internet on your hard disk drive. Although your PC is built to store enormous amounts of data, excess storage of documents and videos can cause your system to run slow.

7.Use the services of professionals:

Our last piece of advice would be to take the help of experts whenever you feel that your PC’s need a tune up. There might be many managed IT services providers who will send their professional IT technicians to service your hardware as and when your require it. And getting your PC checked every month by a professional will ensure that it is always safe from potential online threats and your software’s are up to date.