After a period of use, the Windows computer will be slow. Admittedly, Windows 10 is better than previous versions, but this problem still occurs.
However, you can speed up the hard drive using HDD optimization applications. This article will introduce you to some tools to increase hard drive performance.
1. Windows Optimize Drives
Get started with the original Windows tool, Optimize Drives. It can analyze your system for defragmentation problems, then repair them if possible.
Unless a setting is changed, this tool will be scheduled to run automatically. To check, go to Start> Windows Administrative Tools> Defragment and Optimize drives.
Select the hard drive you want to repair, then click Analyze or Optimize depending on the function you want to perform. To ensure proper scheduling, click on Change settings and check the box next to Run on schedule.
Defragging a hard drive is less important than an SSD, but Microsoft still recommends running this tool once a month.
2. Disk SpeedUp
Disk SpeedUp is a third party tool that can accelerate HDD hard drive. It will analyze, defragment, and optimize the drive connected to the machine.
This tool has a few more features than the original Windows tool. For example, Disk SpeedUp can automatically shut down the computer after completing the defrag process. You can run it before you go to bed and return to the “new” computer the next day.
Disk SpeedUp also has a better “appearance” than the Windows tool. Defragment maps are more intuitive and include charts and data so you can learn more.
Many users commented that Disk SpeedUp is faster than Windows tool.
3. Windows Device Manager
If you want to increase the speed of reading and writing hard drives, you can consider another Windows tool, Device Manager. You can use it to make sure Write Caching is turned on.
Write Caching allows the computer to store data in the cache before it is written to the hard drive. Because the computer can write data to the cache faster than the hard drive, the overall write / read performance of the hard drive will be improved.
However, you should note that the data in the cache is only temporary. If the computer suddenly loses power, the data in the cache will not be transferred to the hard drive and you will lose that data.
To turn on cache writing on Windows, follow these steps:
- Step 1. Right-click the Start menu and select Device Manager.
- Step 2. Click the plus sign (+) next to Disk drives.
- Step 3. Right-click the hard drive you want to change.
- Step 4. Click on Properties.
- Step 5. Select the Policies tab at the top of the new window.
- Step 6. Check the box next to Enable write caching on the device.
4. IOBit Advanced SystemCare
An important thing in HDD acceleration is to make sure the system is “clean”. That means you need to delete temporary, duplicate files; ensure optimization of RAM, CPU; and keep the registry tidy as possible.
One tool that can perform all these HDD optimization tasks is IOBit Advanced SystemCare. It has both free and paid versions. The free version has all the above mentioned features. The $ 20 paid version cleans the registry better, real-time monitoring, browser optimization and system speed optimization.
5. Razer Cortex
If you want to speed up the drive even more, use the Razer Cortex. The tool is designed specifically for PC gamers who want to squeeze every drop of system resources. It can help you achieve higher frames per second, reducing game loading time.
HDD optimization tool is divided into two parts: System Booster and Game Booster, which can enhance hard drive for all users.
The system part of the tool will remove junk files, browser history and system cache. The game will defragment game files (on non-SSD hard drives), optimize the system configuration for gaming and disable background processes that affect game performance.
6. Windows Disk Management
The last native Windows utility that can improve the speed and efficiency of your hard drive is Disk Management. You can use it to repartition the drive.
Using a larger number of partitions is one of the most overlooked ways when speeding up a hard drive. In short, the more you use partitions, the better the data is organized. Therefore, the need to move the reader of the hard drive does not need to travel far to access data and the reading time will be reduced.
To repartition the hard drive with Disk Management, follow the steps below:
- Step 1. Right-click the Start menu.
- Step 2. Select Disk Management to open the tool.
- Step 3. Right-click a drive and select Shrink Volume.
- Step 4. Right-click on the free space and select New Simple Volume.
- Step 5. Select the size you want to create a new volume.
- Step 6. Select the drive letter for the new volume.
- Step 7. Select a file system for the new volume.
- Step 8. Click Finish.
The new volume will appear in File Explorer> This PC.
7. Ashampoo WinOptimizer
The last tool that can power your hard drive is Ashampoo WinOptimizer.
In terms of hard drive health improvement, it can schedule maintenance and optimization tasks, scan junk files, fix corrupted registry entries and delete browser cookies. The tool provides both one-click repair and user-controlled editing.
You can add additional modules to the application. There are 38 modules to choose from, including tasks like service management, startup tuning, process management, privacy adjustment and more.