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Microsoft® Windows® XP Inside Out Deluxe, 9780735618053 by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Chapter 37. Performing Routine Maintenance

Checking Disks for Errors 1237

Defragmenting Disks for Better Performance 1241

Managing Disk Space 1247

Smart Backup Strategies 1254

Your personal computer is a curious combination of digital data and temperamental machinery. To keep your system running smoothly, it pays to perform some regular maintenance tasks. In particular, it's wise to do the following on a regular basis:

  • Check your disks for file system and media errors.

  • Defragment your hard disks to optimize file access.

  • Make sure that you always have enough space on your hard disk by getting rid of files you no longer need and compressing files if necessary.

  • Perform regular backups of data and system files.

Checking Disks for Errors

Errors in disk media ...

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