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Performing a Deep Clean on Your Hard Drives

There’s something magical about starting up a new computer for the first time. As it efficiently whirs along and quickly gets you to the setup screen, you probably can’t help but notice how fast everything works. That is, until one day, when your user login takes 10 minutes, with another 5 minutes before the application you selected loads. From there on out, everything is very slow and laggy, and there is just no recovering from it. You find yourself wondering how this could happen, since you went for a Core™ i7 processor and 16GB of memory. Well, the CPU and RAM aren’t the problem. As we use our systems over time, they gradually slow down as they become filled up with programs, music, documents, movies, games, and drivers. Maybe you’ve also been visiting some sketchy websites and have acquired some malware because a Nigerian prince sent you an email with promises of endless riches, but first… click here. Long story short, the daily grind exerts wear and tear on your drive, which leads to fragmentation. Ultimately, all of this means that your internal storage can’t operate as effectively as it once did. There’s also a good chance that a lot of what’s clogging up your system are things you don’t even use anymore, but don’t know how to properly get rid of. Your system’s internal storage now resembles a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that isn’t put together, or put together the wrong way. However, before you decide to solve this problem by a) throwing your computer out the window or b) buying a new one, there are a few things you can do to restore your system to its former glory. If you’ve ever had the carpets in your home steam cleaned or shampooed, this process is similar, only we’ll be discussing how to perform a deep clean on your hard drive.

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