How to Get Best Performance From Your Machine with Local Storage

Tips & Resources Jan 16, 2020

Tim Li

Technical Writer

Generally speaking, the more free space you have on your computer, the smoother its operations will be. Modern computers use random-access memory (RAM) to temporarily store data so that the system and its applications can process them quickly. When RAM is full, a part of the hard drive will be used instead. If there isn’t sufficient free drive space available, the computer’s processing will slow down, affecting its performance. With less free space, you also increase your hard drive usage, thus wearing it out quickly.



Solutions to Increase Computer Space

For optimal results, Buffalo recommends leaving at least 10%-20% of the total drive capacity free for optimal computer operations. If your local hard drive has less than 20% of its total capacity, it is best to start freeing up space on your computer immediately to improve operations and preserve hard drive usage.

busines man throwing away documents and computer applications to a trash canDeleting Unnecessary Files

First, check your hard drive for unnecessary files and folders. You may be keeping old images, videos, and documents that you no longer need, as well as other unneeded files such as application installers. Delete these files to free up space. In addition to unused files, you may also find apps or programs installed on your computer that you will likely never use. You can directly uninstall these apps from your computer for additional free space.

The more you use your computer, the more often it will generate unneeded files, such as temporary files, that will be distributed throughout your hard drive sectors. These files will accumulate and cause strain to your computer. Because these files can be difficult to delete manually, you can use the disk cleanup function provided by your computer manufacturer or use any of the commercially-available cleanup utilities to find and delete unneeded files.

Performing Disk Defragmentation

After cleaning up your hard drive, you should run a disk defragmenter to keep your drive even cleaner. When you access files, a single piece of data is often “fragmented” and stored in different sectors. The more fragmentation there is, the more RAM your computer will require to access data on your hard drive. Running a disk defragmenter allows you to consolidate fragmented files so that it improves the efficiency of your computer operations. Your computer’s manufacturer should include defragmentation utilities. For examples, Windows 10 is set to automatically defragment once a week to eliminate fragmentation. While you can run a defragmentation utility at any time, we recommend backing up important data before defragmenting as a precaution.


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Utilizing External Storage

buffalo nas terastation network attached storageExternal storage can come in many shapes and sizes, from the humble USB thumb drive to network-attached storage (NAS) devices and even cloud storage. If using external storage, you can supplement your hard drive’s storage capacity and also protect your important data by having another data repository in case your computer fails. A NAS device could also provide additional conveniences, such as automatic backup and redundancy features.



Drive Preservation Precautions

By deleting unnecessary data and eliminating fragmentation on a regular basis, you can keep your computer running smoothly and help preserve your hard drive. However, keep in mind that a hard drive is not a permanent data storage solution. While a new drive may last up to many years, all hard drives eventually fail. When a drive reaches the end of its life, it will no longer allow you to read or write data to it. If you have any doubts about the longevity of a drive, we recommend replacing the drive as soon as possible.

With more and more important data being kept on your devices, having backup and redundancy is extremely important. You cannot simply rely on your local computer to safely store all your data. External storage, such as a NAS device or cloud storage, is a great failsafe to protect against data loss, not only against events like drive failure but also threats such as ransomware.

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Modern ransomware will attack not only your data, but also wipe out any local restore points you might have created. If are unprepared for a ransomware attack, you might end up losing very essential data. Buffalo recommends having an isolated data backup location so you can protect your most important data. In case ransomware or drive failure happens, you can restore your data and not lose any sleep over it.


Buffalo’s Award-Winning Storage Solutions

Do you need more space? Buffalo offers reliable NAS devices to help you with file storage. Our devices are purpose-built to provide the perfect data storage that meets your needs.

If you have lost data due to drive failure, don’t panic! We offer a data recovery service that may help you restore data from a drive that has failed. For more information, contact us so we can help you restore your data and your peace of mind.