Before cleaning a hard drive you should consider the available options; the first
option is to select files manually, or secondly you can use an automated tool to
do the job. Manual scanning means examining by hand, the drive areas and then making
a decision about which files are no longer needed, and purging them as you see fit.
The manual method is more thorough than running a cleanup program but the process
is time consuming and tedious. Automated cleaning software products that can determine
information which include file properties, last opened dates, etc. and use this information
to build a collection of files and folders for removal.
There are many arguments as to why giving the axe to old unused files, especially
large ones, can offer various benefits. How fast your PC operates while accessing
disk files and documents fluctuates as a result of the number of files and documents
etc. stored in its file system. Why does this happen? Well, you find that the file
allocation system bloats and the drive system is subjected to more stress when requests
for hard drive files are received and handled. We must keep in mind that these files
get broken up (fragmented) and this increases with file count. Data security is also
a factor, when you have a large number of your personal data files, there is increased
risk that another computer user on your system could find and misuse these files.
Clearly the process of removing any excess or unwanted files can give us back space
which can save time and restore resources.
Many software products can be found
that help users remove history from their internet browser, and many of these also have other functionality
too. Also remember that there is much more that these software tools can do, as an
example, several can clean up free drive space, check the drive for porn and remove
it, find programs that are not properly licensed, and help you find where all the
space has gone on your drive.