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Speeding up your laptop #technology

There are a few ways of speeding up your laptop. You can add more memory and that’s not too difficult. Most laptops use DDR3 or DDR4 memory. Mine had 4 Gb of DDR3 and so I removed the little cover on the back of the laptop and there was a spare slot for another 4 Gb. So I just slotted another 4Gb in and that cost me about £18. If your laptop is really slow the first thing to do is to defragment the hard drive. Just type defrag into your search box to find the app to do that. I also use Ccleaner for removing junk from my computer and optimising the registry. You can also use a USB flash drive and the Ready boost app to add a little speed to your computer.

Speeding up your laptop

If you’re serious about speeding up your laptop then you need to install a solid state disk drive (SSD). This will speed up boot up times and make webpages and email load faster.

A 960 Gb Crucial drive now costs less than £100 and will bring about a significant increase in speed. My laptop was quite cheap but with an extra 4 Gb of RAM and a SSD it now performs like a laptop that costs twice as much. It still has a slow processor but I choose this laptop mainly because I liked the keyboard. As a blogger I need to be able to type quite fast! That Crucial drive also includes cloning software to copy all the data from your old drive (which you will be able to use as an external archive drive) but remember to buy the lead to connect it as an external drive.

That’s all for today. As always you can enter your email address in one of the spaces provided to receive an email every time I post or follow me on Twitter  for links to the latest posts. Those links are also on my Facebook page. Speeding up your laptop isn’t difficult but you will need a cross point screwdriver!

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