When your computer is new, everything is shiny and fast. Loading files and opening programs happen in the blink of an eye. Then years pass, and your machine slows down.
It makes sense. As time goes on, you accumulate many more programs and files that fill up valuable hard drive real estate. Pair that with processes that run in the background all the time, and your machine keeps getting slower.
One of the simplest ways to give a PC or Mac a boost is by clearing out some space and removing all the files you don’t need to store locally. Read on for the steps to take, sponsored by our friends at IDrive.
Step 1: Clean out the junk
If you want to speed up your computer, it’s wise to run native Disk Cleanup or another similar utility on your desktop. Doing this removes unnecessary files, temporary files and other unneeded junk that’s lingering. This, in turn, speeds up your computer.
To run Disk Cleanup in Windows 10:
To delete temporary files:
- In the search box on the taskbar, type disk cleanup and select Disk Cleanup from the results list.
- Select the drive you want to clean up, and then select OK.
- Under Files to delete, select the file types to get rid of. To get a description of the file type, select it.
- Select OK.
To run a similar utility on your Mac:
Step 2: Clean up space hogs
Your downloads folder can cause your computer to slow down significantly if you aren’t clearing it out regularly. Take the time to clear out your old downloads folder, files and other space hogs to speed up your computer.
Do it the old school way: Open up your downloads folder and sort by size. Find anything big you don’t need anymore and start deleting.
Step 3: Back up what’s left
Now you’re left with the files you actually care about. Ask yourself this: Do you really need them all stored right there on your desktop? There’s a good chance the answer is “no.”
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