Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Confusions of Speed

I hear a lot of people saying, "My computer's running slow I think it's time to upgrade." But the real question is, "Why is your computer running slow." Many people are blinded by the numbers that computer manufacturers' release in regard to processor speed, and think that a faster processor will solve their problems.

Unless you're part of the rare few who are rendering out video or 3D Animations a faster processor won't help you, because most of the time the slow downs come from times the computer is accessing the disk drive. Most computers have some kind of indicator that lets you know when the disk drive is being accessed. During times of slow down take a look at that light and see if it's blinking. If it is, it's hard drive access that's slowing you down and not processor speed.

Why is your hard drive slowing you down? Your hard drive is accessed every time a new application is launched, file is open or saved, or virus scan is running. The reality is, there could be a lot of reasons why your computer is accessing your hard drive. The good news is, spending a ton of dough on a new computer won't help you. The best thing you can do is look for patterns. Does this happen the same time every day? Does it only happen when certain programs are running? This could all lead to auto saves or virus scans slowing you down.

The lesson here is, don't spend your hard earned cash on a faster processor when the real culprit is your hard drive.

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