Chapter 25. Maintaining the Hard Drive
Your PC's storage system is more than disk drives. That's because storage on a PC (and I'm talking permanent, or long-term, storage, not computer memory) is growing more and more solid state. But in the bad old days, everything was a disk: floppy, hard, or CD. Even so, among all this storage, the most important place where you put stuff is the hard drive. Obviously, maintaining that hard drive is the key to being a happy computer owner. This chapter helps show you how that's done.
Hard Drive Maintenance Tools
Windows gives you two tools for maintaining your hard drive and helping its performance: Check Disk and Defrag.
A third disk maintenance tool is Backup. It's covered in Chapter 26. But Check Disk and Defrag are covered right here, in this chapter and in this section.
Check Disk and Defrag aren't the best tools available for maintaining your hard drive. You can find better versions of these tools in third-party utilities, such as the Norton Utilities Disk Doctor and Disk Optimization tools.
Another good alternative for the Defrag tool is Vopt ("vee-opt"), from Golden Bow Systems:
Hard disk performance decreases as the amount of stuff on your hard drive increases. You can't do anything about this; it's just a simple truth. It takes ...