Which drive on my computer do I have to backup and clean to make my computer run faster?

by on August 2, 2010

Q: I’m embarrassed to be asking this as I used to work in IT but here it is…! I have an Acer laptop (running Vista) with 2 large drives (about 100GB each) which are both almost full. This means programs aren’t running as swiftly as when the drives where clean. So I want to start backing up to an external drive but I’m wondering if I only need to clean out the main C drive where my system is installed? Will this drive alone be the one to manage/reduce in order to regain the nice speedy responses I once had? Or does an almost-full D drive also affect performance?

Hope someone can advise, I’m just realizing how rusty my knowledge of this stuff is now!


One Response to “Which drive on my computer do I have to backup and clean to make my computer run faster?”
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    Generally, cleaning up the C drive will make a bigger difference.

    I suggest uninstalling any programs you don’t use anymore, and moving off other junk to an external drive.

    Then install and run ccleaner (free), to clean up old junk files that windows creates.

    After that you should run a Disk Defrag of both drives.