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My computer has been getting slower and slower and s l o w e r over the past three or four months. Boot-up took forever, and response time for anything kept increasing.

No wonder. It turns out I had only 1.6 GB free on the hard drive! So yesterday I went to Best Buy and grabbed a 1.5 TB external USB drive. I've already freed up over 60 GB on the system by moving over music and videos that aren't critical to me, and the system is doing much better.

I've backed up all of the family photos and videos that I've actually taken, but I'm not going to take those off the C drive; it would be a disaster if we lost those. But there's a fair amount of other video and music - probably another 60 GB at least, maybe more - that I can move onto the external drive instead. I should have done this a while ago. While I'm at it, I'm going to rip more of my CDs, too.

I used $10 worth of Best Buy coupons that I'd received to buy the drive (which was on sale), and was amused that I got a $10 from Best Buy instantly for buying the drive. It was still more than I should have spent, but it was necessary.

Date: 2009-05-27 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldwolf.livejournal.com
Another thing you can do is Ctrl-Alt: Del and see what's running in the background. And also use Msconfig to see what loads on startup.

You may find things starting up that you don't need or use, or see what malwares if any, are running in the background

Date: 2009-05-27 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobquasit.livejournal.com
I've tried the Task Manager, but couldn't find anything incriminating. I'd forgotten about msconfig (although I used it to good effect on my father-in-law's computer last weekend), but I'll try that tonight.

There shouldn't be any malware; my security setup is excellent, and my software is up-to-date. But I'll update it again tonight to be safe. I really should get the paid self-updating software (such as antivir and ad-aware), but I keep worrying that the paid versions might somehow be worse than the free ones. I'm a big believer in irony, you know! :D

Date: 2009-05-27 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldwolf.livejournal.com
Ah irony. The humorous side to some of the BS that life throws us.

Btw, I just looked at Newegg.com and internal 1TB drives are just under $100.

Date: 2009-05-28 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobquasit.livejournal.com
The 1.5 TB drive was right around $129, if I count the $10 gift card (which I couldn't use for that purchase, but can use next time). I also used $10 in coupons that I had from my Best Buy "Reward Zone", so I could say that the drive was $119. It's a Seagate FreeAgent|Desk, by the way.

Date: 2009-05-28 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldwolf.livejournal.com
Oh cool. But be careful. A lot of the 1 and 1.5TB drives have been having issues with either firmware or bad block errors.

Make backups of backups.

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