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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Setting Up a Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance is effective only if it’s done regularly, but there’s a fine line to be navigated here. If maintenance is performed too often, it can become a burden and interfere with more interesting tasks; if it’s performed too seldom, it becomes ineffective. So how often should you perform the maintenance steps listed in this chapter? Here are our schedule guidelines:

  • Check your hard disk for errors. Run a basic scan about once a week. Run the more thorough disk surface scan once a month. (The surface scan takes a long time, so run it when you won’t be using your computer for a while.)

  • Check free disk space. Do this once about once a month. If you have a drive in which the free space is getting low, check it about ...

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