If your computer’s getting old and clunky then it might be worth buying a new one but before you do that there are a number of fixes you can perform that are often free or cheap, effortless and not very challenging technically which will get your computer running better.
First of all buying an external hard drive for your PC, whether it’s a desktop pc or laptop, will mean you can clear files and folders from your hard drive which in turn will make your computer run much faster. Another perk of having your files backed up off of your computer’s internal drive is that it is safer there if anything gets stolen. Thieves target computers along with other audio visual equipment but they’re unlikely to be concerned with a little box with no obvious value or importance. You should also consider storing everything that’s important to you remotely too, whether that’s on your own website, in the cloud or within a file sharing folder. Most of these services can be obtained for free and come with industry standard security and protection. Storing things in this manner makes disaster recovery so much easier. Experts tell us that if you don’t have your important documents securely deposited in three places or more you might as well not bother.
With your files backed up this way there is more space on your disk meaning speed, another way to improve start up times is to look at the programmes that run on start up, that is the programmes which come on when you switch your machine on.There are probably many and in reality not many, if any of them are going to be so important that they have to come on automatically every time you power up. Via your control panel you can look at programmes which start in this way and switch them off. These few tricks will have your computer running so fast you’ll wonder why you even started looking at laptops