PC speed is determined by three things: the CPU, the memory and the disk drive(s).
The CPU operates at speeds of a fraction of a billionth of a second.
operates at speeds of one hundred-millionth of a second. (That's fast).
The disk requires hundredths of a second for each operation. (That's slow.) The
disk is a million times slower than the next fastest component. So, if you’re assessing
the reason for slow PC performance, you should first consider the disk.
If CPU speed is cut in half, and memory speed is cut in half, PC speed
will still seem downright peppy so long as the disk is running at full speed. But
if that disk slows down, even a little bit, you—and the users you support—will notice
it. And if it slows down a lot, you really notice it.
How can I get my PCs and laptops back to peak performance?
The primary reason a disk slows down is fragmentation. Fragmentation is essentially
little bits of data or information that are spread over a large disk area causing
the hard drive to work harder and slower than it has to just to read a single file.
Disk fragmentation is a natural occurrence and is constantly accumulating each and
every time a computer is used. When files are saved in small pieces scattered across
the hard drive, the system must work harder to locate the exact data and put it
back together. No wonder Windows systems slow down over time!
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A single fragment requires one hundredth of a second to retrieve, so two fragments
take two hundredths of a second, a hundred fragments take a whole second, a thousand
fragments take ten seconds—the math is daunting.
all the pieces of a file and puts them all back together in one place—creating contiguous
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A contiguous file can usually be read by a system in one disk operation—a hundredth
of a second. And if files can be retrieved in a hundredth of a second each instead
of seconds or even minutes, slow PCs will be fast once again, as though they are
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the useful life of your Windows systems is dramatically prolonged—saving IT budget
for more strategic initiatives.
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