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How to Locate Large Files Using Windows Vista

If the capacity of your hard drive is running low, it is time to clean off some files. A good place to start is by locating the largest files on your hard drive. If you’ve never done this type of search [more…]

How to Locate Large Files Using Windows XP

If the capacity of your hard drive is running low, it is time to clean off some files. A good place to start is by locating the large files on your hard drive. If you’ve never done this type of search [more…]

How to Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 7 and Vista

A handy way to remove lots of files you don’t need on a hard drive is to employ the aptly named Disk Cleanup tool. What Disk Cleanup does is locate files that can easily be removed to free up some disk [more…]

How to Use Disk Cleanup in Windows XP

A handy way to remove lots of files you don’t need on a hard drive is to employ the aptly named Disk Cleanup tool. What Disk Cleanup does is locate files that can easily be removed to free up some disk [more…]

How to Move Program Files to a Secondary Hard Drive

Is it possible to move program files from the primary hard drive, C, to either a secondary internal hard drive or an external hard drive? It’s a good question, but one that has a complex answer. [more…]

How to Use File Compression in Windows

Windows comes with a file compression feature. It’s an on-the-fly type of compression that stores files on a disk in a smaller size. When you open the file, it’s decompressed to its original size. So, [more…]

How to Compress the Entire Hard Drive in Windows

Windows offers a single command that sifts through every file on a hard drive and applies the compression attribute to them. The result is that the entire hard drive is compressed and takes up less space [more…]

How Defragmentation Speeds Up the PC

To understand defragmentation — or defragging as it is commonly known — you must first understand fragmentation. All storage media has some level of fragmentation and, honestly, it’s beneficial. It’s too [more…]

How to Defragment a Hard Drive on a Windows XP PC

Defragmenting — or defragging as it is commonly called — your hard drive is a way to speed up the disk performance. If you haven’t defragmented your PC’s hard drive in a while [more…]

How to Map a Storage Device to a Folder in Windows

You can disguise storage media as folders. Why? Consider that your hard drive is getting full. You added a second hard drive to create more room, but you keep forgetting to use it. What if you could turn [more…]

How to Defragment a Hard Drive on a Windows 7 PC

Defragmenting is commonly called defragging. No matter what you call it, defragging or defragmenting your hard drive will speed up disk performance. If you haven’t defragmented your PC’s hard drive in [more…]

How to Check and Repair Storage Media on a Windows PC

The Windows Check Disk program seeks out errors on your hard drive or removable media, fixes them if it can, and does other routine household disk chores. It doesn’t look impressive, but it is very useful [more…]

How to Open the Disk Management Console on a Windows PC

Windows gives you an amazing array of tools to do advanced things with the hard drives on your PC. These aren’t regular, everyday types of activities but, rather, nuts-and-bolts, deep-tissue types of things [more…]

How to Assign a Storage Device a New Drive Letter in Windows

It’s possible to change the letter assigned to a storage device. The question remains: Why would you want to? Don’t change a drive letter “just because,” though! Randomly reassigning drive letters can [more…]

How to Format a Storage Device in Windows

All computer storage media must be formatted before it can hold data. Because all media comes preformatted, there’s never a need to initially format storage media on a PC. You may, however, find the need [more…]

How to Shrink a Hard Drive Volume in Windows

Shrinking a volume takes advantage of a hard drive that isn’t using all its space. For example, you can have a 200GB hard drive and use only 50GB of it. If so, the drive can be shrunk to, say, 100GB. That [more…]

How to Use Unallocated Drive Space in Windows

To make the unallocated portion of a hard drive useful, you must create a new volume, one that’s recognized by Windows. You can create three types of volumes: [more…]

How to Repartition a Disk Drive in Windows

The art of repartitioning involves several steps in Windows. The drive must first be shrunk. Windows uses any free space on the drive to create a new, unallocated partition. The second step is to allocate [more…]

How to Unallocate a Drive Volume in Windows

When you unallocate a volume in the Disk Management console, you’re not only removing it from the storage media roster — you’re also deleting all its data. In fact, the command that’s used isn’t [more…]

How to Extend a Drive Volume in Windows

Sometimes, an extra chunk of storage exists on a hard drive. You can use that unallocated portion of disk space to make a drive’s main volume larger.

To know whether you have unallocated space on your disk [more…]

Your PC's Memory Is Critical for a Gaming PC

A gaming PC with less than 8GB of RAM is doomed to slower performance with the latest titles. And not just any RAM will do for a high-performance PC, either. Although most PC owners tend to think that [more…]

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