Computers last five to eight years when maintained properly, but that lifespan can erode quickly if a user doesn’t take steps to protect the hardware. This is why computer maintenance is so important.
1. Move similar files into folders
Keeping files on your desktop can slow down your machine. Instead, organize similar files into folders where you can easily find them. This will also help streamline the cleaning process when it comes time to delete unnecessary items.
2. Delete unused programs
Get more memory space by removing unnecessary programs from your device. If you filter your programs by size, you can see which ones take up the most memory and decide from there what you can remove.
3. Clear out the Recycling Bin
When you or another user deletes a file, it goes to the Recycling Bin. This gives you one last chance to salvage a file you’ve removed, but it can also clog up space on your hard drive if you don’t clear it out regularly. Once a month you should check the Recycling Bin for any files that may have accidentally been deleted and clear out the rest.
4. Remove temporary internet files
Speed up your system by removing temporary internet files and clearing your Cache. Every browser has a different method for clearing out these cookies.
5. Transfer files to the cloud
Cloud storage providers allow you to store gigabytes of space without running down your hard drive memory. Better yet, it allows you to share your files across multiple devices. As you download files throughout the day, transfer them to cloud storage to save space on your hard drive.