How to keep my new laptop running efficiently?

  Pineman100 15:16 PM 04 Nov 12
Locked

I've just bought a new laptop. Core i5, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Windows 8 64-bit.

I have a habit of loading my computer very heavily with both software and data files - particularly image files. I am a photography enthusiast, and my current machine's HDD has 31,000 image files on it, totalling 241 GB. All software and data on the machine are on the C: drive.

I have two external HDDs that I use for backups - one of 1TB and one of 2TB.

Can you please advise me on the best way to keep my new laptop running at peak efficiency? Should I, for example, partition the HDD and keep all my data on a separate partition from my system and software? Will that reduce startup and operating times?

If I keep all of my image files on an external USB HDD, will that help? And will I notice a a considerable slowdown in the speed of moving, copying or opening those files (the HDD is USB2)?

I'd be very grateful for any and all advice on keeping my new machine streamlined and fast.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:46 PM 04 Nov 12

Partition the drive, leave the op system on a partition with 20% spare space.

load your programs to another partition and data to a third.

using the USB2 external as a working drive is too slow for photo / video work.

Image the op system partition - keeping this partition small +20% makes for quicker imaging and replacing if windows has a problem.

back up your data partition regularly to the external drive

Use something like CCleaner to keep the rubbish files down I clear about 400Mb daily that soon mounts up

  Pineman100 17:04 PM 04 Nov 12

Many thanks for that Fruit Bat /\0/. Sounds like excellent advice.

The following are probably stupid questions, but I've never operated with separate partitions before.

I imagine that, when I install software, I have to tell Windows to load it into a different partition each time. After that, presumably Windows always knows where to find it?

What about data files? If my Libraries folder (containing the My Documents, My Pictures, etc. folders) is on a different drive, does Windows automatically know this?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:37 PM 04 Nov 12

I have to tell Windows to load it into a different partition each time. After that, presumably Windows always knows where to find it?

Select custom install when loading new software and you can then decide exactly where to install it windows puts the file location in the registryand therfore knows where to run it from.

If my Libraries folder (containing the My Documents, My Pictures, etc. folders) is on a different drive, does Windows automatically know this?

In Windows 7 Computer

  1. On left you see Libraries, click it, it will drop down with Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos

  2. Click on each of them and check on top it says how many locations are pointing to that library, click on (2 Locations link)

  3. Remove second location, Public one

  4. Now go to your D: disk or partition and make new folder, or not (depends where you want (My Documents, My Music, My Pictures and My Videos to display)

  5. Just drag from first window My Documents with right mouse clicked to new location, after dropping item on new location pick option move, it will will ask some question accept it.

That is it, now your Libraries are stored on other partition or disk, and still pointing in your main as your documents, your libraries, etc.

Advertisement

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

How to get free stuff for Android: Amazon Underground offers genuinely free Android apps and free…

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

MIT builds an awesome 3D printer that can use 10 materials at once

What to expect at the September Apple event: Apple announces 9 September event, sends out invites