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Speeding up your computer…. (Part 3 of 4)

Speeding up your computer…. (Part 3 of 4)

This month we continue with our audit of your computer, trying to help figure out how you can get the most out of it for the least cost. Last month we looked at the version of your operating system and the amount of RAM in your computer, this month we look at your CPU and storage.

CPU

Ok, so most people recognise the CPU as the “brain” of their computer. The thing that you need to understand is that its not practical to replace it, but it’s still a good idea to understand whether it’s part of the problem before you decide to spend money on upgrading other components inside your computer. Click on the CPU option and have a look at the “cores”, you should have at least 2 cores, ideally 4.

Storage

Have a look at the storage option and scroll down the details until you can see “Drive Letter C:”, which is usually in the “partition 1” section. Now you are looking for the percentage of “free space”, and as long as you have over 10% free space then you’re good. If you have less then this could be having a detremental effect on your computer’s speed – so clear out some stuff. Whist we are on the subject of hard drives, there is another way in which you can turbo charge the speed of your computer and thats by fitting a solid state drive. Conventional hard drives use a spinning magnetic disk combined with a read/write head to physically move to the location of your data in order to access it. Solid state drives instantly access the data, there are no moving parts and as such they can access and write your data MUCH more quickly than a conventional hard disk drive. We don’t have much more space here to discuss them in detail, however thankfully there is an old article accessible on our website that covers the subject in detail, you can read it by going to www.bluemoonsolutions.es/solid-state-drives-ssds