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USB vs. FireWire for external hard drives

For external hard drives in this question, I'm referring to traditional HDDs; the kind with spinning metal inside of them (no RAM or flash-based super-high-performance hardware): Is there a ...
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Reclaiming disk space on Windows [closed]

A lot of disk space is taken up by a default Windows installation in various temporary and backup data that may never get cleaned up on its own. Eventually you realize that the large multi hundred ...
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Fine-grained control of O&O Defrag?

I am using O&O Defrag to defragment the files on my computer (Windows, NTFS file system). Is it possible to specify that particular folders (and the files/folders within them) be placed in the ...
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On Mac OS X how can I monitor what is using my internet connection?

I've got a relatively limited broadband connection (I live miles from the nearest exchange) and from time to time net access (but nothing else) slows to a near crawl. I know from a bit of monitoring ...
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Why does my computer slow down so much when attaching Bluetooth dongle?

I have a Bluetooth dongle and I plugged it into my work laptop (a Dell Latitude D830). Windows detects the Generic Bluetooth USB or similar and then proceeds to go incredibly slow with a process, avp....
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Does Windows 7 run acceptably on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook?

Does Windows 7 live well on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook? It's hard for me to try before I buy at the moment, so any advice from those that are already running Windows 7 would be appreciated.
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Minimize file size of Microsoft Word documents

What are the best ways to ensure a small filesize for Microsoft Word documents when starting from scratch reduce the size of existing Microsoft Word documents using only tools available in the ...
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PC runs very slowly for no apparent reason

I have a Dell Latitude D820 that I've owned for about 2.5 years. It is a Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz, with 2 GB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and an NVidia Quadro 120M video card. The computer was ...
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What's the fastest way to transfer files between 2 computers? [closed]

Let's say that I have 80Gb of data to transfer from one computer to another. What's the fastest method to transfer that files? Network transfer? DVD Recording? Copying in a pen drive? Removing one HD ...
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Best environment for your PC Tower

I recently moved into an apartment building that has a small study with a built-in desk. My tower is now played beneath the desk in a very tight spot. I'm not sure how much ventilation it gets, but I ...
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Increasing disk performance on Linux

What are some good ways of increasing disk performance on Linux? I'm not interested in hdparm settings, since those are: set to good defaults in recent distros; not applicable to SATA drives.
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what Steps you follow and recommend to make windows xp work faster?

after some months from running my windows xp i feel its getting old and slower. i always hear about tools and applications that can make the windows faster, such as registry cleaners, but i am always ...
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Good way to speed up full screen flash video on laptop

I like hulu.com and watch shows a lot. I have a laptop that came with Windows Vista. Watching full screen made the video choppy (skip frames). So I reinstalled with XP. This fixed the choppiness. ...
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Is defragging relevant to improving disk performance anymore?

Does it stil make much difference, now that we have much faster and larger HDDs? Generally I find if disk performance is getting too slow, it's probably because of too little free space, and the ...
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Basic “debugging” of performance issues using the Vista Performance Monitor?

My laptop hard drive is being hit hard when I boot up for a period of several minutes. I figured that using the Vista Performance Monitor was the right tool, but I'm not sure of what metrics to use ...
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Does overheating cause a computer to slow down?

I've heard that heat issues can cause problems with PCs, but is this realistic? Is leaving the desktop in a cabinet area, or above-average-room-temp, a realistic potential cause of slowdowns? (I'm ...
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Firefox on Mac: Slow, slow, slow

On my Macbook, Firefox is slow. Really slow. It takes about 30 minutes to start up - when I wake up, I start it, and once I am done breakfast, it's usually done. And, it takes a super-duper long time ...
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Does Windows ReadyBoost have a meaningful impact on performance?

Does Windows ReadyBoost technology, available in Windows since Vista, have a meaningful impact on performance? Are there well-known benchmarks that compare systems with, and without? Does the speed ...
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Default Windows Vista Install: What general changes to improve speed?

I remember there were guides for Windows XP on all of the unnecessary services and things that you could turn off in a default install to make the system a bit more 'snappy'. There were also specific ...
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Default Windows 7 Install: What to change to make it faster?

I remember there were guides for Windows XP on all of the unnecessary services and things that you could turn off in a default install to make the system a bit more 'snappy'. Is there such a guide ...
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Which factors are most important when considering performance aspects of a motherboard?

I like to build my own desktop PCs, and I happen to know that I've got a rockin' processor and graphics card both, so my system definitely has some punch to it. I also know that I didn't get the best ...
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How do I interpret the Memory numbers in Windows Task Manager?

Physical Memory Total Cached Available Free Kernel Memory Paged Nonpaged
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run32.dll on Windows 7?

Each time, I run my favorite game (Starcraft) on Windows 7, my PC gets way too slow, and when I checked the running process, I found a process with the name run32.dll taking over almost 90% of the ...
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Firefox 3.5 slow to start issue

Has anyone found a solution to this issue? It's noted here on the Mozilla forums too.
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Why does my CPU fan race when running videos or virtual machines?

I have: Windows Vista Home 32-Bit SP1 Intel Celeron CPU 3.06 GHz 2 GB RAM I installed the operating system about a year ago, has been working fine. However about 3 months ago, the CPU fan has ...
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What can I turn off on a vista laptop to free up resources

I have a vista laptop (Toshiba if that makes a difference). It works ok some times, but a lot of the time the disk seems to grid and the system is pretty unresponsive when I am not doing very much ...
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What can I turn off on windows XP to free up memory without breaking everything

I seem to have a lot of services that start up on windows, many of which I have no use of (to my knowledge). are there any services which are on by default which I won't really miss and which will ...
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How to get the most out of laptop battery life of a Windows PC?

I'm a big fan of portability and battery life. I want to take the most out of a single recharge. Any tips to accomplish that? Things on top of my mind: Voltage reduction (with RMClock, any better ...
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How to measure disk-performance under Windows?

I'm trying to find out why my application is very slow on a certain machine (runs fine everywhere else). I think i have traced the performance-problems to hard-disk reads and writes and i think it's ...
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Why does Microsoft Windows' performance appear to degrade over time?

Windows XP/2003 and earlier (can't attest to Windows Vista, but I suspect it's the same) all appear to become more sluggish over time as applications are installed and uninstalled. This is not a ...