When my parents first gave me this computer about 2 years ago, it had a ton of cookies and TIFs, I mean thousands of them.
I remember first starting it up and having it take forever just to reboot. It took like 5 minutes to reboot and that was just to get to the desk top.
One day, I was bored to death, so, I decided to poke around on my new toy (then it was new to me, you see). GOOD HEAVENLY DAYS, the C: drive was 80% fragmented, NO WONDER it was incredibly slow.
Not to mention all the cookies, all the TIFs and all the documents my Mother had downloaded onto the A: drive but forgot to erase the empty folders.
I worked and worked on it. First deleting everything that I didn't use, didn't want or couldn't access.
Then, I did a defrag., but I couldn't get it passed 10% defragged no matter in SAFE MODE or not.
It took all day just to get to 10%, so, exhausted, I went to bed letting the thing defrag all night. I figured it'd be done in the morning some 8 hours later, right?
It had only budged some 40%. I was beside myself.
I said "forget this," and closed the defrag. one way or the other, I was going to get this computer defragged if it took all week.
Using my onboard defrag, that sounded about right........soooooo, I decided to poke around the internet...see, I didn't know boards like this even existed
I found a handy little Utility just for the express purpose of defragging my hard drive called DISKKEEPER.
Well, it is trialware but, since you only live once, I figured, what the hay and I downloaded it.
It took 2 hours to defrag that hard drive but I was in love with Diskkeeper
OMG, my computer sprang to life.
Suddenly, it boldly went where it didn't go before and fast too
DEFRAG your hard drive on a very consistant basis. If not using your onboard defrag, use a great defrag utility.
Thank goodness I found that wonderful little defrag utility or I'd still be sitting here waiting for Windows to finish defragmenting my hard drive <<SIGH>>