Broken Laptop? Fixing it may be easier than you think (Problem #2)

Posted On December 9, 2014

With more and more laptops being sold every day there are is an increase in the number of laptops dying and in need of some desperate TLC. Some people think that a broken laptop means hours comparing models, brands and software all resulting in a large cost at the end. But did you know that there are many common problems with laptops that mean it is possible to restore your laptop to its former glory without the high price tag.

The Problem

My laptop is slow, it crashes and sometimes won’t open basic programs like my web browser or media player.

FIX IT- The solution

The amount of free hard disk space can be a major factor in the performance of your laptop. When there is little available hard disk space, for example less than 10% of the total drive space, the operating system has to work much harder than usual to read and write data and the chance of the data becoming fragmented is much greater.

The solution is remove data from the hard drive in order to free up space, this is usually best achieved by removing programs, games and media files. It is usually quite easy to identify old programs or video files that you no longer need to keep on your laptop. Programs & games can be viewed by accessing Windows control panel via the start button. You will see a section of the control panel page titled “Add / Remove Programs” or “Uninstall Program”. Select this and a list of the programs installed on your laptop will appear. This list can be sorted by size or date the program was last used. Carefully select any programs that you know are no longer needed or that due to their size; you can do without using on this laptop.

If you have stored all your video media in one folder, it is easy to sort this by file size and then decide which of your entirely un-pirated movie collection you can bare to part with. You can select multiple file by folding down the CTRL key whilst left clicking on each file. Once you’ve selected the group you wish to delete; simply right click on any of the selected files (or individually if you have not selected a group) and left click delete.

If you have large media files spread over multiple folders, sub-folders or even different disk drives, use a free tool like Folder Size to quickly and easily identify the folders where the largest files are stored, without needing to look in each sub-folder individually.

Pro Tip #1 – Don’t forget to empty the recycling bin after deleting files. The disk space won’t be truly “free” until Windows has been told you are certain you wish to delete these items.

Pro Tip #2 – Download and regularly use a tool like the free version of CCleaner to quickly and safely remove the 1000’s of small files which your operating system will create over time. These tiny files (often well under 1MB) can build up to a substantial amount of disk space and removing these files can have a substantial effect on your laptops performance.

If your laptop is still not working or you’re looking to sell your old laptop, visit Cash in Your Gadgets for more tips and an instant quote, including a free courier collection and complete data wiping, for almost any laptop.

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