Best way to speed up PC?

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  1.    #11

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there
    Always supposing you have enough RAM -- minimum these days 8GB.

    1) Fastest Disks possible -- OS on SSD together with swap area, paging files,any scratch areas for things like Photoshop work areas, video editing etc. If more than 1 SSD put paging / swap / scratch areas on separate SSD away from the OS SSD.

    2) Split OS partition and data - preferably to separate Disks.

    Ok, Jimbo. . So you're saying that if we run software like photoshop, we should partition our SSD's and let the OS run on one partition and install the Software on the other partition? That does seem like a lot of work. I have a 500GB SSD. Honestly, that doesn't seem like a bad idea. The question is, a lot of software will default to install on the C Drive. Is there a registry hack to would tell every software to install on another drive?
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    Hi there

    @vgkfan83

    What I meant was OS + installed programs (i.e software like photoshop etc) on 1 Disk -- that way if you restore you don't have to re-install stuff, while DATA etc - multi-media, email, photos etc go on separate drive(s) - or even partitions - since restoring an OS partition won't overwrite data on another partition.

    If using separate partitions don't use "Logical partitions" though and remember MBR HDD's can only have a max of 4 partitions --use GPT if possible.

    Programs like photoshop / The Gimp etc have preferences (often in Edit sub menu) as to where things like data files, work areas (scratch files) etc should go.

    If doing large photoshop edits with loads of layers then definitely have those on an SSD. !!!

    In your case with only 1 500GB SSD I'd just leave the lot on it - hardly worth partitioning the SSD although you might find an 80GB partition enough for Windows + progs and then use the rest for data etc.

    For SSD's of this size you won't get much benefit as far as performance goes by partitioning it. However the main reason is that backing up the OS will be a lot quicker and smaller (typically around 40GB if you use a program like Macrium) and makes regular backup / restores so much more convenient.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    #13

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    @vgkfan83

    What I meant was OS + installed programs (i.e software like photoshop etc) on 1 Disk -- that way if you restore you don't have to re-install stuff, while DATA etc - multi-media, email, photos etc go on separate drive(s) - or even partitions - since restoring an OS partition won't overwrite data on another partition.

    If using separate partitions don't use "Logical partitions" though and remember MBR HDD's can only have a max of 4 partitions --use GPT if possible.

    Programs like photoshop / The Gimp etc have preferences (often in Edit sub menu) as to where things like data files, work areas (scratch files) etc should go.

    If doing large photoshop edits with loads of layers then definitely have those on an SSD. !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
    oh ok! I gotcha now! Thanks for the clarification!
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  4.    #14

    Look at your task manager when idle. Is resource usage low or 0? If not, there's probably something amiss.

    Make sure you have more than one stick of (identical) RAM so as to benefit from dual channel access - assuming your PC supports it.

    Run some performance checks (benchmarks) to make sure your PC is behaving roughly as it should. If, for example, your processor clock speed is not changing as it should, you might have a hardware problem.
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  5.    #15

    The best way to speed up your computer is a clean install, proper drivers, proper software, disable indexing, system restore, antivirus, telemetry, etc. and other read/write intensive tasks.
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  6.    #16

    Disabling indexing is a myth going back to XP days. Unless there's something wrong, indexing once complete imposes no overheads, and even when indexing is underway, it backs off (stops) with just s little user activity.

    System Restore has no correlation with responsiveness or resource use either.
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  7.    #17

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    SSD's don't need it and if you really are worried about long file chains etc on spinners - simply do an image backup (not a clone) and restore - the backup program will fix all these automatically and will usually be hugely quicker than any defrag type of process.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Macrium Reflect will not defrag when restoring an image unless you resize the partition during the restore.
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    OP has not responded, fishing?
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    Yeah, sorry about that. I'm not sure which option I'll choose.

    Steve
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  10.    #20

    Doc943 said: View Post
    Just by it residing on the PC?
    ? Yes, I don't doubt his better wisdom than mine, but I would like to query Count Mike's following post to yours.

    I have the free edition of malware bytes installed , as I have done for a long time. The computer(s) do not even know it is there, unless I open it and run a scan. Without this action from me, it doesn't show up as a running process anywhere.
    I do not use the options to check for updates, or run it on startup.


    I am not a novice user, and, as far as I am aware, a program, although on the computer, but in this state, would have no impact on the performance of the said computer.
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