Clean up your hard drive

Empty the Windows temp folder:
  • Close all programs including any background programs such as CD writer software.
  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • Type the following and then click OK:
    %temp%
  • The Temp folder is displayed.
  • Click Edit and then click Select All. This selects all files and folders in the folder.
  • Click File, and then click Delete. Click Yes to confirm, if prompted.
  • Close this window when done.
Clear the Browser Disk Cache:
Do one of the following, depending upon which browser you use.

Internet Explorer:
  • If you use Internet Explorer: Open Internet Explorer
  • Click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
    • Under the "Temporary Internet Files" section, click Delete Files....
    • Also check the box to "Delete all offline content." Click the OK button.
    • Under the "History" section, click Clear History.
  • Close Internet Explorer.
Netscape:
  • If you use Netscape: Open Netscape (either online or offline), then go to Edit + Preferences.
  • Click on the "+" beside "Advanced," then click on "Cache"
    • Press the button labeled "Clear Disk Cache."
  • Close Netscape.
Empty the Recycle Bin:
  • On your computer's desktop, double-click on the "Recycle Bin" icon.
  • Click on File, then click Empty Recycle Bin
  • Close this window when done.
Hard Drive Maintenance:
The following instructions vary depending on which operating system you are using (e.g., Windows XP or Windows 2000). Repeat the following for each hard drive on your computer

ScanDisk/CheckDisk
  • Close all programs
  • Double click the "My Computer" icon on the desktop
  • Right-click on the icon for the C: drive
  • Click Properties
  • Click the Tools tab
  • Click the Check Now button under "Error-checking"
    • A Check Disk window will open
    • In Win98, select Standard and check Automatically Fix Errors
    • In Windows XP or 2000, do not check either box
  • Click the Start button on the Check Disk window
    • ScanDisk will begin and will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete
Defrag
Note, a defrag should only be run after a successful Check Disk has been run
  • Close all programs
  • Double click the "My Computer" icon on the desktop
  • Right-click on the icon for the C: drive
  • Click Properties
  • Click the Tools tab
  • Click the Defragment Now button under "Defragmentation"
    • The Disk Defragmenter window will open
    • Click the drive you want to defragment (e.g., C:)
    • Click the Defragment button to begin defragmentation
    • Degrag will begin and will take 15 to 45 minutes to complete
    • It's OK to start this process and leave your computer running overnight
    It is a good idea to turn off any screen saver and disable any programs that frequently access the hard drive (such as anti-virus software) before beginning a defrag.
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