One of the preventive maintenance steps I recommend frequently is to regularly defrag your hard drive. This is especially important for mobile PCs as they usually have slower hard drives that really affect performance as the hard drive fragments. The computer will run slower and slower as the fragmentation worsens until you have a big (and noticeable) problem. This sounds like obvious advice but since most people don’t leave their notebook or Tablet PC running all the time it is difficult if not impossible to automatically schedule a defragging utility to run at regular intervals. So most users are like me and it gets forgotten.
Yesterday my Tablet PC got really slow, Outlook was very sluggish and other programs I use a lot were taking way too much time to launch, shutdown, and to interact with them. I was quick to blame the recent installation of WindowBlinds with the cool glass skin. I have tried every version of the skinning program in the past but always ended up removing them due to performance issues so I have been watching my Tablet’s performance very carefully since installing this new version of WB. It is no surprise that I immediately blamed WB for the sluggishness I was experiencing so last night I removed it from my system and rebooted.
I was very surprised that my Tablet was still very slow when it came back up. I took a step back, had a cup of coffee, and realized it had been about a month since I had run Perfect Disk, my defragger of choice. I started it up and went to bed, after reinstalling WindowBlinds. Sure enough, this morning my HP is as fast as the day I received it and I am a happy camper once again. Remember to defrag often!