Tag Archives: hard drive

9 Free Ways to Fix a Slow Computer

So, your computer is running slow and it is really starting to get on your nerves. This can be a very frustrating situation if you are trying to get important work done. If you are able to, it is definitely worth setting a few minutes aside to try to fix your slow PC. In this guide, we take a look a 9 Free ways to fix a slow computer.

1) Defragment the Hard Drive

This is one of the easiest things you can do to regain some speed. If the hard drive is fragmented, it can lead to poor performance. To defrag, simply open up “my computer” and right click on the drive you wish to defragment. Then, click properties, click tools, and click defragment now. Just follow the instructions from here in Windows. In Windows 7, 8 and 10, you can have Windows automatically defrag your drive based on a schedule. Important note: If you have an SSD, you won’t want to defragment your hard drive.

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SSD vs HDD Raid 0

Recently, I made the decision to build a new desktop computer. I use this computer for quite a few things including gaming, word processing, and web browsing. During the building process, I knew that I either wanted to buy a single SSD or setup a HDD Raid 0 configuration. I did some pretty in depth research on which setup was better. To sum it up, I ended up going with the single SSD and in this post I want to give the reasons why I went with this.

Single SSD is Faster

A single SSD or a RAID 0 HDD setup, which is faster? This is probably the biggest question that most computer enthusiasts are wondering about. After quite a bit of research, I kept finding that the single SSD drive was quite a bit faster than the HDD raid 0 setup. Most benchmarks I found had the single SSD being somewhere around 25-50% faster than the RAID 0 HDDs. To go along with this, many of these benchmarks were from a few years ago or at least a year ago. This is important because SSDs continue to get faster and faster while HDDs have pretty much been the about same speed for awhile now (Yes, I understand the speed of the HDD is still improving slightly, but this isn’t even comparable to how much faster SSDs are improving). So, when it comes to speed, the single SSD wins.

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Hard Drive Format 101: a non-Techie DIY Guide

Out of all the reasons why people call up on a computer technician, formatting a hard drive is probably one of the most common. Out of all the typical issues that will bog down the performance of a computer, many can be fixed by formatting the hard drive and reinstalling the Operating System.

Regardless of the scenario above, the overwhelming majority of inexperienced computer users still don’t quite know how to go about formatting their hard drives and reinstalling their OS. That’s such a shame! You don’t have to spend any money to get this task done, and it doesn’t take more than a couple of hours; in fact you can even set things up so that next time the computer will just reformat itself (check the last section of this guide to see how).

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Why is My Computer So Slow?

This is a question I recently got to my email account here at DomsTechBlog.com. This question makes for a great topic for a post. The simple answer is there are many things that can be making a computer run slow. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why your PC could be running slow and ways to remedy each problem.

Not Enough Memory

If your PC has less than 2GB of memory, than this is likely the cause or at least one of the causes of the slowness. Luckily, adding memory to your computer is a pretty simple thing to do. When it comes to buying the memory, I would recommend using the Crucial Memory Scanner since it will help you get the correct RAM for your PC. The RAM from Crucial is solidly made and their prices are reasonable as well. Here is a guide for installation as well.

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Upgrading your PC: The bare bones

Many PC users are starting to see the benefit of upgrading, rather than replacing, a PC system these days, thanks in part to the economic situation but also the increase of tech-savvy users who want to tinker and work on their machine. More information than ever before is now available for those wanting to learn more about computers, especially with the release of smaller systems like the Raspberry Pi. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide to the main components of your PC – and what to look out for if you decide to switch.

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