How To: Hard Drive Maintenance

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Have you noticed your computer being slower than usual? Before you use this as an excuse to purchase a new laptop (we know it’s tempting), you might want to opt for a more cost-effective approach, which is cleaning out the hard drive (HDD). In a few simple steps, you can analyze and clean out your HDD to free up valuable storage space. Defragging your old HDD and properly formatting newly-installed SSDs will ensure that your computer doesn’t become bloated or sluggish.

Always Back up Your Data First

Before you start doing anything to your hard drive, you should always back up your important files first. A good way to do this is to back up your data to an external hard drive as well as an online cloud service, such as Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Having both will ensure that your important photos, videos, and documents are backed up twice (you may have to purchase more space for online cloud storage).

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Run Built-in OS Apps

Whether you’re on Mac or Windows, both operating systems offer built-in apps to facilitate cleaning up the abyss that is your hard drive. Disk Utility for the Mac and Disk Cleanup for Windows provide multiple features to help clean up your hard drive. Here’s how to access them.

Disk Utility on the Mac allows you to manage internal and external hard drives. You can organize your data by dividing your HDD into sections called partitions. Each properly formatted partition will show up as a volume in Finder, allowing you store your files. Disk Utility also allows you to combine multiple HDDs into a RAID. If your HDDs and partitions are causing errors, you can either repair the HDD or erase the volume.

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To access Disk Utility, follow the steps listed below:

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