Are Y'all tuned in to the Digital Goddess? the Kim Komando show??

  1. I was just reading a post about slow speeds on the dial-ups. I am on dial-up.
    A couple of years ago, I signed on to receive the Kim Komando weekly newletter---on my computer-- it arrives every Saturday.
    Kim is a computer whiz-- can answer any question.
    And, I also receive her "tip of the day." Which I am finding very useful.
    It's all free !
    She has a radio program too.

    Anyhow, a couple of years ago, in her newsletter, for slow
    dial-ups, slow computers, etc. , she advised us to defrag our disks.
    I didn't know what the Hades she was talking about, but once a month since then, I have been doing it. She advised once a month. The first time might take an hour or two, if you have a lot of old junk hanging around in/on your disk. She suggests doing it before going to bed.
    Now, mine cleans up/defrags in about 20 mins or less. I like to watch it.

    Anyhow, this might speed up your computer. She said it would, that was the reason she gave to do it,
    How to defragment your computer:

    1. Click on start
    2. Click Programs
    3.Click Accessories
    4. Click System Tools
    5. Click Disk Defragmentor
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    I've done it only once. Read about it in my Complete Idiot's Guide to Computers..(love that book!)

    But now when I go to defragment, it always says "only 5% fragmneted" or something to that effect and "no need to defragment at this time" so I haven't bothered. My question therefore... should I do it nonetheless? Even if it doesn't need it?
  4. by   passing thru
    I've seen 5 % defragmented.........and it continues to defragment until it reaches 100 %.
    I've never received a message that said it wasn't neccessary to defrag.

    I'd go ahead & allow the computer to clean up -compact--in an orderly arrangement--all the bits and pieces of info. What can it hurt?

    I'm going to get that book. Thanks for the tip.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we defrag on a schedule. i thought everyone did. most puter gurus will tell you to. it's vital.

    also, if you routinely go online (dont' we all) you need to clean your cache frequently. do this by going to "tools"...then "internet options" then "delete files" ---delete online and offline files. If you have never done this, it will take a while. I do it about once a week. Cleans up images you have viewed and your puter saved in memory. It may WELL speed up things when you are online. Dont' forget to clean out your recycle bin too on occasion.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 12, '03
  6. by   jnette
    thanx blue eyes ..

    i do the "tools/internet options/delete temp. files" bit every week, too. really cleans house. i also go into my "start", then "find files/folders", then type in *.tmp
    then up in the "edit" option i "select all", then back over to "file" option and "delete". that gets the rest of the temp. files, folders. do that once a week, too.

    guess now i still need to schedule my defragmenter then, eh?

    thanx for the tips, guys !
  7. by   nursedawn67
    I go through and clean out the cookies too, yeah it makes it hard to get right back into a site because you have to retype the password and all but gets rid of cookies you hardly ever use.
  8. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I periodically defrag and at least daily run the dick clean up which removes cookies, temp files and the like all which can slow a system WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY down.