It is obvious that as time goes on, PC performance slowdowns. We can improve PC performance in several ways. Out of which, one is hard disk optimization. It is not much difficult but Windows enable users to optimize hard drive by using utilities programs such as disk optimization and free registry cleaner. You do not need to bother what type of hard disk your system has but Windows will automatically adjust.
Previously, this tool called ‘Disk defragmentation’ but now ‘Optimize Drives’. You also have an option to optimize drives manually.
How to optimize manually
Follow simple procedure to optimize drives manually in Windows 8:
Open optimization tool by swiping from right edge of screen and tap search. If you are on mouse, then point to the upper right corner of screen and click search. Now type ‘Defragment’ and tap or click Settings and then ‘Defragment and optimize your drivers.
Tap or click drive you want to optimize under Status. First, you have to analyze that whether drive needs optimization. To do so, click ‘Analyze’ if prompted for passwords, type and confirm. Once analysis completed, click on Current Status to see need for drive optimization. If it is fragmented more than 10% then you must go for optimize drive.
Now tap or click on optimize, you may be prompted for password. Disc optimization may take from few minutes to several hours; it mainly depends on disc size and space. You can work on PC while optimization takes place.
If another program currently uses drive, it cannot be optimize or formatted using NTFS, FAT and FAT 32. You cannot optimize network drives. Moreover, if you cannot see a drive in optimization tool, it is possible that drive has some errors. In that case, you need to repair hard disk.
How to prevent hard drive from failure
There are several ways you can prevent hard drive from failure. You must turn on regular scan disk for errors. Windows will try to fix errors if they are not big. You must have a schedule for defrag hard drive. It will keep your PC running and prevent chances to get an error.
Moreover, you must have a regular data backup of your hard drive. You can even use online services for backup such as ‘Google Drive’ or ‘Sky Drive’.
Scan your computer regular for anti-virus. Once it overwhelm with viruses it will create lot of errors that will become irrecoverable.