Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Time for your medicine

Have you updated your antivirus, spywareblockers, and firewall lately? If not, it's time to do so.....

While you are at it, why not defragment your hard drive? You do know what that means, don't you?

Ok, then... Here's the Layman's Terms of it..

When you write files to your hard drive, the data is put down on the drive in a continuous strip. Think of putting down a strip of tape on a blackboard. When another file is written, it goes down behind the first one. If the first file is removed, there is a 'gap' left. Any new files are written into these 'gaps' and often the files have to be broken into smaller parts in order to save them on the drive...

Look here..
See how the data is on the drive? Defragmenting means that the hard drive rebuilds the broken pieces back into one file, and saves them back to the hard drive.

This is a good thing, as an unfragmented drive will often lead to data loss, or even hard drive failure (see the hard drive has to read the data and all that bouncing around can eventually wear the drive out).

If you are using windows XP and Vista, it is under the START MENU, ACCESORIES, SYSTEM TOOLS.

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