Firstly, I have a PC that was built by a computer shop for me. My PC would be around 4 years old now (ancient in this day and age I know).
I operate Windows XP. 80 gig - 512 Ram - 2.80 GHz I use it mainly to surf the web, music/photo storage and for games on my pc.
I've been having problems with my PC of late. IE and Fire Fox, both "hang" or "Freeze" often. I always seem to get "This programme is not responding". I have to use the task manager to close these programmes down most of the time.
So I started searching the internet, looking for ways to help me speed up my PC. I downloaded, AdAware, Spybot Search & Destroy and have Windows Defender. This helped but hasn't completely solved my problem. My next step (in my mind) would be to uninstall IE and re install it. (I use IE mainly and have FF for my back up when IE stops responding)
I regularly delete cookies, temp files, run disk defrag, etc. It all helps, but it doesnt stop my PC from freezing in IE or FF.
Sooooo, I read elsewhere that getting an external hard drive would be a good thing. Not just incase of a crash, but to help speed up my PC. I purchased a Maxtor One Touch 4 Mini - 120 GB. I have backed up my entire photo collection, music and video collection.
So now to my questions:
Would uninstalling and reinstalling IE help with freezes and hang ups?
Should I back up my whole C drive to my external hard drive? (depending if I have room left of course)
Can I safely remove photographs and music from my PC now that they are on the external hard drive?
How do I view the photos stored on the external hard drive?
Do I have to keep the external hard drive plugged into my USB port all the time?
The external hard drive didn't have alot of instructions, so I am basically clueless on how to use it.
I am sure as I become more involved in the forums, I will have plenty more questions, but these are the main ones that I have right now.
I appreciate any and all advice I get from you all.
Edited by Sparky74, 27 June 2008 - 04:02 AM.