How to Make your Laptop Run Faster?
Looking to speed up your laptop? Check our tips on cleaning your hard drive, deleting temporary files, installing more memory, and cleaning up your system to get the most out of your laptop.
Clean Up Your Hard Disk
Cleaning your disk will remove files that are no longer needed and can be safely deleted. It also deletes temporary files and empties the Recycle Bin.
Uninstall Unused Programs
Many computers come with programs and apps pre-installed; you might not even know they’re on your laptop. Or, you downloaded an app that you don’t use anymore. Deleting these programs can free up disk space so it’s faster for your system to find the files you want.
Prevent Programs from Starting Automatically
Computers can also come with programs set to start automatically in the background. These can be programs you want and use occasionally, but not start automatically.
Delete Temporary Files
Every time you visit a site on the internet, a temporary file can be installed. After you’ve left the site, these files are no longer needed. They continue to take up room on your storage drive, so deleting them will free up space.
Defragment the Hard Drive
If your laptop uses a hard drive, it might need to be defragged. Because HDDs access information sequentially, having information in multiple places (fragments) increases the time the drive takes to access the information. Defragmenting (defragging) your hard drive moves data that is on the drive into a logical formation, making it quicker to access.
One of the most overlooked ways to speed up your laptop is to clean it. When dust collects in the fan it obstructs air flow and causes the computer to overheat, the system automatically reduces performance to stay cooler. Besides wiping off the keyboard and case, use compressed or canned air to blow dust out of the fan vents. Use short bursts of air to avoid damaging the fans.
Install a Solid State Drive
If your laptop has a hard drive (HDD), consider changing it for a solid state drive (SSD). An SSD can speed up your everyday tasks by up to six times. SSDs use flash memory to eliminate the moving parts present in HDDs, allowing the computer to find files faster. For laptops, SSDs are more durable and energy-efficient. Most laptop makers are using SSDs for new laptops because they are more durable, lighter weight, and use less battery power than hard drives.
Add an External Drive
If you aren’t ready to upgrade to an SSD, you can also purchase an external hard drive that plugs into your laptop with a USB cable. Using an external drive will also allow you to easily transfer large files between computers.
Add more RAM
Laptops with insufficient memory can struggle to keep up with even the simplest tasks. Follow these steps to see how much RAM is currently installed in your computer, and if your computer will benefit from adding more.
If you’re trying to make your laptop run faster, these simple tips can do the trick. Cleaning your disk, uninstalling unused programs, preventing programs from starting automatically, deleting temporary files, installing a solid state drive, adding an external drive, adding more RAM, defragging the hard drive, and removing dust.
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