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Clear Your Hard Drive Drive Of Unwanted Files And Your Personal Computer's Overall Performance Will Improve

Author : Stacey Harding

One of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to prolong the life of your computer is to reduce needless applications, folders, and files. A disk drive that's blocked with needless and untouched files is a disk drive that works harder than it has to. Although Window's defrag method can alleviate some of the stress that these kinds of files place onto the drive, it won't accomplish a lot to get rid of the issue in the first place. This is because the defrag program simply organizes the documents in a system that can make it less complicated for the personal computer to gain access to. (Thus cutting down on the work needed to discover and load them). But this technique simply "relieves" the signs that these documents induce - it won't attack the cause. These kinds of files need to be deleted - not "arranged!"

You have such a program on your pc and it is Windows' Add/Remove Programs (which is available from the Control Panel). This software will assist you with removing programs that you not only no longer want, but extra files that these programs use as well (dynamic link libraries, database files, registry references, shortcut icons, etc.).

But sometimes Windows' Add/Remove Programs is not sufficient. Even though this computer software does a pretty good job of removing undesirable applications, it can leave a few files behind even after a complete uninstall - files which come to be orphan files. And it is these orphan files that can really mess up a hard drive and cut short the existence of an otherwise, youthful and powerful PC.

Orphans are often files that have short-term data produced by a program, files manufactured by the consumer, partial files left from a pc crash, or any additional form of miscellaneous files made for virtually any additional reason. The issue is that an uninstall program will not erase the orphan files it leaves behind given that they were never part of the system when it was first installed. An uninstall program may get rid of only the files it placed onto a hard drive during its set up program.

So while Windows' Add/Remove Programs may eliminate an entire program, you'll need to eliminate those pesky little things with an a lot more advance file cleaner like CleanSweep for example. CleanSweep is an unique plan that will exclusively search for files that are no longer linked with a system, after which inquire if you wish to delete all of them.

The sole time that you wouldn't desire to remove an orphan file is when the file were an actual document that you produced just before deleting a program. Should you say, un-install Microsoft Word, all the documents that you created with Word would likely next turn into orphan files. Or perhaps should you remove a graphics-editing program, all the pictures you have made with the program would turn out to be orphan files.

The smart thing to do whenever you don't want to get rid of the data that you created with an unwanted program is to:

1. Preserve or convert your files to a format that may work with different program first (which is, a program that you want to retain)

2. Archive them onto a floppy disk, flash drive, or CD-ROM

3. Move forward with a software like CleanSweep.

Using CleanSweep or other similar form of utility may delete any where from less than a megabyte of hard disk drive area to over five megabytes and up. That might seem like a small amount of "clog material" to you personally, but for a personal computer, it's a lot less to process!

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