Hey i was wondering what affects the speed of the computer when opening up a program like CPU speed and the amount of space you have left on your HDD.
well does the amount of space on your HDD affect the computers speed? or is it the amount of RAM you have spare? :confused:
23rd January 2000
Inside the HDD are one or more sircular metal plates that the reader/writer head(s) works on. Larger disks have more plates, and vice versa.
If you fill up your HDD with data, the writer/reader head will have to work over a larger area, and with more data. A half-full HDD will only need its head to read/write on half the disk space, so it saves some time. Defragmentation, which is a standard windows tool, moves all the data (that isnt core files(like some windows system files)) that is scattered around on this plate to one side. That means your writer head only has to work on one side of the plate, saving you some time.
RAM is a secondary storage space for data which your computer uses while its working. It is much faster to access the RAM, then f.ex your HDD. Only the most recently used data is stored in the RAM, and when new data is pushed in, the least used or oldest information is dumped to store the new. Your RAM dumps itself when turning off your computer, it has no storage capabilities without power, not like your HDD that stores stuff till you delete it.
More RAM = more space to store data = faster access to recently used data = faster system
ahhh ok now i understand more :D
ive only got a 14gb HDD and like prob 500 megs left, so thats why my comp was so slow I thought that the comp slows down due to adware/spyware and amount of RAM you got available for the system to use.
Lord of the Peach
19th April 2004
I may want to get some more ram then. I got 512mb. Running defreag helps alot with load times and watching in game video. I had choppy video on BFV and c&c generals but i ran defrag and get the video at a very smooth fram rate now. If you play RTS games with custom made maps usally before that game starts you must transfer the map files to the other players with a certian ammount of time. I was not transfering the maps within 2min but ran defrag and now get the maps transfered in 30seconds:D
i was thinking of getting an 40 or 80 gb HDD but RPM should i get them at?? having more RPM costs more :(
Pro-Filer thinks I'm cool!!
23rd March 2004
I got a 200GB Hitachi HDD with 7200RMPs for $100 at Fry's Electronics. Since it is hard to find a deal like that, I suggest you look here....http://www.pricewatch.com/menus/m26.htm
You can find some really good deals on computer parts there. And if you have all the wires/instructions for installing new hardware; you can even get an OEM.
whoa lol for 100 dollars , man you got lucky there
Ex-MøđęRāŧǿr ø₣ Geňęrāł Gāmíňĝ
31st January 2004
O yeah, disk defragger is there :P, ok then, what about scan disk, how do i acces that in windows xp??