Make Your Computer Faster Now!


If it seems like you often find yourself staring at the hourglass symbol on your computer, waiting for a certain program to load or waiting to get to the next webpage, here are 5 ways to make your computer faster. 

First, be certain that you have no spyware or viruses on your computer.  Spyware consists of malicious programs that collect personal information ranging from passwords to text entries.  A virus is software that can threaten your operating system or other programs on your computer.  Using an effective anti-spyware program and anti-virus checker is absolutely essential.  

Second, check the available space on your computer's hard drive.  In order for hard disk drives to operate efficiently, there generally has to be at least 10-15% free space remaining on the drive.  You can easily determine how much free space you have by right-clicking on your hard disk drive and clicking on Properties, which should display a pie chart of your free space versus used storage space.  To maximize free space, always remember to empty your Recycle Bin, delete unnecessary programs using the "uninstall" feature in the Control Panel (go to Control Panel and then Add or Remove Programs or Uninstall a Program).  You should also remove temporary internet files, including deleting your browsing history.  If you purchased your computer with pre-installed software, remove the unnecessary programs that you do not use every day.  Use the Disk Cleanup tool periodically as well as the Disk Defragmenter tool (which rearranges and consolidates related bits of information to increase read/write speeds). 

Third, detect and repair disk errors.  Hard disk drives over time develop bad sectors and bad sectors reduce performance because it makes data writing more difficult.  To detect and repair disk errors, use the Error Checking utility in Windows.

RAM - random access memory

Fourth, add RAM (random access memory) to your computer, which can help to make your computer faster.  When you run programs on your computer, the microprocessor pulls a file off your hard disk drive and loads it into RAM.  Your operating system is also using RAM.  With your operating system and your programs all running at once, it may be that you are using more RAM than what exists in your computer.  If your computer has insufficient RAM to run all the programs at once, your computer's performance will be adversely affected.           

SSD - solid state driveCredit: Image: Rainer Knäpper, License: artlibre

Fifth, replace your hard disk drive with an SSD (solid state drive).  A good website that shows how a computer user replaced the hard disk drive in a computer with an SSD is  An SDD is an information storage device like a hard disk drive except that it has no moving parts.  An SSD is similar to a large USB flash drive that uses special memory chips to retain information even when those chips are not powered.  As SSDs have no moving parts, SSDs can access information stored in an electronic manner as opposed to an electromechanical manner.  SSD read/write speeds are more than twice as fast as read/write speeds for hard disk drives.   

My suggestion would be to first try the techniques above that are free before purchasing additional RAM or an SSD and assess the speed of your computer and whether additional actions are necessary.  Implementing one of the above suggestions should make your computer faster and implementing all of the above suggestions will make your computer faster.