How To Accelerate Performance of Hard Disk and Maintenance Tips

Speed up hard disk accessing Performance

Hard Disks aren’t passé yet mainly because of its low cost compared to SSDs. But Problem with these HDs is the speed which is usually related to the mechanical components of Hard Drive used for reading and writing data on disk sectors.

Performance degrades day by day, since the other PC items depend on the data stored on the HD. Of course, this slowing down is much more aggravating for the most demanding applications and games. To circumvent the problem, here are some quick tips to accelerate performance of Hard Drives.

Setup and Physical Maintenance of Hard Disk

  1. Check if disk is properly screwed and installed source provides sufficient power to run.
  2. Make Sure there are no Jumper misconfiguration. It is recommended to set the Hard Disk as Master.
  3. If your motherboard is compatible with SATA drives, please use the latest standard supported and make sure the HD is not configured to operate in compatibility mode.
  4. Enter the BIOS and see if the configuration is correct. Make Sure that the option “Block Mode” is enabled.

Before Installing Linux

If you are performing a new installation of Linux, create the swap partition before the root. Follow the recommendations of the distribution you are installing. The Penguin operating system needs blocks of the first hard drive to work with temporary files. This speeds up your computer performance considerably.

Windows Setup

At the time of installing Windows, you should do it in a separate partition. So, before you begin the process, partition your hard disk, leaving considerable space for the system essential programs and temporary files.

Let’s take an example: if your drive has 500 GB, 100 GB worth leaving for the installation of Windows. The remaining nearly 400 GB should make the secondary partition, which will serve to store your documents and prevent data loss in situations that need to reinstall the operating system.

Windows virtual memory

Microsoft’s system stores temporary files in a paging file. If your computer has at least 8 GB of RAM, you can disable this feature. However, if not, then follow the steps below to set PageFile configuration:

  1. Go to Start Menu >> Properties of Computer
  2. On Windows System Properties, click on “Advanced Settings” on left pane.
  3. In Advanced Tab, Click on “Settings” button in Performance.
  4. Again, under Advance Tab, Click on “Change” Button under Virtual Memory Options.
  5. Uncheck “Automatically manage Paging File size” and select “Custom Size”
  6. In the “Initial Size“, enter at least 1024 MB for the system to unload the kernel in an emergency. In “Maximum Size“, enter 1.5 Times the amount of RAM installed. For example: I have 4GB of RAM on my system so, for me it will be 4×1.5=6GB i.e. 6144 MB

PageFile Size Windows 7 Settings

Preventive Maintenance

Having installed the drive correctly and configured the system to use it optimally, you just have to do the occasional defragmentation. This process helps to organize the data from the HD, which facilitates procedures for reading and writing.

Degfragmenting Software

Windows does have an inbuilt Defragment tool but there are some better tools out there which does the same job in more optimized manner. Check out Best Defragment Tools for Windows and decide which one to go with.

Useful Tips to Buy a New HardDisk

Over time, the hard drive may have problems or do not offer enough space for your data. If this is the case, purchase of a new component can be interesting. However, buying a HD should be planned, because every little detail makes a difference in time to perform robust software. Pay attention to the following factors:

  • Memory cache: choose a model with 32 or 64 MB;
  • RPM: 7200 rpm disks are faster;
  • Average access time: choose a HD at the lowest possible value;
  • Technology: prefer a component with more advanced features and search for information on what each manufacturer offers;
  • Interface: find a disk with the most current standard. (Though, SATA 3.0 is latest however 2.0 is enough)
  • Storage space: purchase a product with the largest size possible, because the trend is significantly increasing the size of files and programs.

Of course, all these tips can result in small improvements, but we can not guarantee that your computer will be much faster because hard disks are no longer so quick. It seems that the evolution to the SSD will be inevitable, at least with regard to speed. And already we are seeing that most of the users are using SSDs as Primary / OS Drive while HDs are used for rest of the storage.


About the Author

Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. Respected Sir, I am a regular visitor of your web blog.

    I having a problem in my PC from past 2-3 weeks,

    whenever i am start my PC, it asks for Disk check. i complete every time disk check, but they appear every time whenever i start PC.

    some of my friends said that the hard disk is corrupted and need to replace, please sir give me some suggestion regarding this. i am very helpful to you for this.

    Thanks in advance

    • Sourojit says:

      This happened to me also a long time ago. I used to carelessly switch off system directly and gradually ended by with a bang. The probability that the HD contains physical bad sectors is greater. Install any disk analyzing software to see your hd health. It is shows that hd has physical damage, then replacement is the only option.

  2. Bhuwan says:

    @Maddy, check for any programs you have installed recently which checks hdd for errors on startup, if so uninstall the program.

    Convert any FAT32 partition to NTFS and restart, check whether it again scan for errors.

    If above solutions didn’t work and if you hdd is under warranty backup you data and ask for a replacement at the service center. If not under warranty backup your data and do a low level format of hdd.

  3. quincy says:

    I always have problems with regards to the hard disc drive of my old laptop because it only has 60GB of hard disk space. My mistake was that I also clogged my hard disk with so many programs and videos that the space went down to just a couple of hundred megabytes. I have managed to try and free up my disc space yet still it my laptop remains extremely slow especially upon start up and when playing games. I also experience slowdown when browsing websites. Could the hard disc of my laptop be replaced or is purchasing an external hard drive the only remedy?

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