Computer question????

  1. What exactly is disc defragmentation? What does it do? How often should it be done. Do you do it only to the C Drive? I was having problems with constantly getting a pop up stating I had done something illegal and was being shut down, usually at the most awful times. I was having troble shutting down my computer,it would freeze up. I thought I had a virus or something weird but my daughter told me to do this. ( I know nothing about computers) Is there more than one drive to defragment? I ran a virus check and it said I was okay. Is there any other routine stuff I should be doing to keep my computer in good working order? Sorry for all the questions but what I actually know about a computer wouldn't fill a thimble, would really appreciate input. I'd be lost if this little critter went down. Hugs, Duckie
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  3. by   RN always
    This is a good question and I always wondered the same thing? Also what is scan disk and should we be doing that also? Good thread Duckie!
  4. by   duckie
    Thanks, what I don't know about computers makes me feel so dumb. Sometimes I think I shouldn't even have one cause I'm not certain how to treat it or what to do to protect it. Any "Computer books for Dummies" available? I'm always afraid to try anything new for fear of messing it up beyond repair and the manual always makes me feel so stupid, to far over my level of knowledge. Is there any help for those of us that are learners?
  5. by   RNonsense
    Betcha OBNURSEHEATHER knows......!!

    I am clueless, sorry. Hubby takes care of all that...
  6. by   DebsZoo
    From my understanding, disk defrag reorganizes everything on your hard drive. When you use files alot, they tend to "spread out" and the disk defrag program pulls everything back together , compacting, putting things back where they belong and helping your computer better access the files.
    If you're getting a lot of error messages, you'll probably want to run Scan Disk before running the defrag program, setting it to fix anything it finds.
    Our computers are set to scan every so many days (I think once a week) and to defrag once a month.
    Hope that helps...............and I am open to more info also........cause I may be WAY off on this
  7. by   renerian
    If you have windows 98 it was notorious for freezing up. Yes run scan disk and I defragged every week with windows 98. Hardly need it with the newer version of windows.

    renerian
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Run disk defragmentation on all drives you have. C drive is usually the main one that has your files, but if you save lots of info it will move to next drive if setup that way. Runweekly, it helps alot.

    Also, clean out your History area of windows. (History keeps track of websites you've visited) We had first computer set up to save week's worth. Now we just save past two days. Empty recycle bin and you should be freeze free.
  9. by   renerian
    Good point karen. I also deleted the internet temporary files on windows 98 as well as the cookies.

    renerian
  10. by   ShandyLynnRN
    The way my mom explained it to me, when you delete things off your computer, files and programs and such, it leaves "holes" on your hard drive, and running defrag "closes" them. And scan disc check everything for errors and fixes them.

    I run it every so often. Like I said, it is what I got from an explaination from my mother.... so I don't really know for sure. She makes everything pretty elementary for me since I am really illiterate when it comes to computer terms.

    I do know that when I run it, I like to click on "show details"... that shows all the files and the spaces, and shows them being "put back together".
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Hi there! EVeryone here is correct.

    Opening websites, downloading things, pretty much everything you do is saved on a little "square" of your computer. When you close that webpage, delete the cookie, whatever, it leaves the space empty.

    So imagine all these little squares, and some are empty and some are full, but they're scattered all over. Defrag pulls out those empty ones, and compacts the used ones together. Just helps the computer run more efficiently. You should defrag all drives.

    I believe our scan disk was set up by hubby to run every so often.

    You should also clean out your history, cookies, temporary internet files, recycle bin, etc, frequently.

    Also, how many things are on your desktop? This will have an impact on how your computer runs also. The little icons already on your desktop are programs that load up every time you turn your computer on, so they're ready and waiting for you. This can slow your computer down if you're running alot of programs from the desktop. The things that I don't use on a daily basis aren't on my desktop.

    Heather
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by ShandyLynnRN
    I do know that when I run it, I like to click on "show details"... that shows all the files and the spaces, and shows them being "put back together".
    That's fun to watch, isn't it? Kinda hypnotizing though!

    Heather
  13. by   duckie
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Hi there! EVeryone here is correct.

    Opening websites, downloading things, pretty much everything you do is saved on a little "square" of your computer. When you close that webpage, delete the cookie, whatever, it leaves the space empty.

    So imagine all these little squares, and some are empty and some are full, but they're scattered all over. Defrag pulls out those empty ones, and compacts the used ones together. Just helps the computer run more efficiently. You should defrag all drives.

    I believe our scan disk was set up by hubby to run every so often.

    You should also clean out your history, cookies, temporary internet files, recycle bin, etc, frequently.

    Also, how many things are on your desktop? This will have an impact on how your computer runs also. The little icons already on your desktop are programs that load up every time you turn your computer on, so they're ready and waiting for you. This can slow your computer down if you're running alot of programs from the desktop. The things that I don't use on a daily basis aren't on my desktop.

    Heather

    Hi Heather, class nerd here so please forgive. Questions????
    1) How do you clean out your history?
    2) " " " " " " cookies?
    3)" " " " " " temperary internet files
    4) Recycle Bin?
    5) How do uou get rid of those icons that are present on your staart up screen that you never use. This used to be my daughters computer and there is so much stuff on here I don't use? I'd check the book, BUT, quess who didn't have it??? Also, if you remove the icon, where do you go to find it should you ever have the urge to play some of her goofy games, ya know, just when you're bored?

    Thanks Heather, I'm glad there is at least one computer whiz here. I used to have a pretty good one living here, but then she fell in love, started planning her wedding and it's all alone for mom to figure out, with a litte help from you experts.

    Oh, one more question, how do you put a screen saver on your computer? I had the one that looked like all the stars raceing towards you at warp speed, ( like Star Trek) but it just went poof......I musta hit something wrong. When I ran defrag on c Drive, it took nearly 4 hours for it to complete, is that normal? I think the other one is A drive, I'll do that one next, most likely on my day off as this one kept me up way past my bedtime.......Duckie tired!

    Heather, I dont mean to be a pain, if I'm asking to much of yur time in explaining this, I understand as I know you are a very busy lady. If nothing else, can you recommend a book for computer dummies on how to keep them running smoothly and the things you can do, that actually tells us stuff in a language we can understand???? I appreciate your help!!!! Hugs, Duckie
  14. by   night owl
    For those of you who haven't a clue, this is how you do "The Defrag"...
    http://www.ccsdschools.com/OTIS/TIPS/defrag.html

    Duckie,
    I found answers to all of your questions when I went to google and typed in defragmenting. Dijit's Tip of the week is a real good
    "click." Have fun!
    Last edit by night owl on Feb 27, '03

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