Cleaning out the Hard Drive.

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my name is pat. i have a 5 year old computer that we have hooked up to the internet via dsl, but is very, very slow. it's the computer itself that is slow, not the connection. i had the computer in college with me for four years, hence have tons and tons of 'crap' on it that is really slowing it down. for instance, it takes almost 7 minutes for the computer to boot up and going between internet sites sometimes takes in upwards of a minute; eventhough the information it already to the computer, it can't make it on the screen. i know it's the computer, not the connection that is slow because my laptop is as fast as expected with the dsl line. my thought is there is too much on the hard drive, hence making it very slow. i've been looking at doing a 'hard boot' to wipe all the informaiton from the harddrive and start anew, but i'm getting different answers from sites as to how to do it. do i need new windows 98 disks to reinstall, or will windows already be on the computer. also, how do i actually perform a hard boot?

if you have an opportunity, i'd appreciate your help.

regards,

pat

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This question was answered on August 7, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A hard boot could doing more then just clean out the system It might do some damage else where I would clean out the hard drive little by little that way you wouldn't lose some of the things that you might need or what to have If you want to make your computer faster you could buy another hard drive with much more space, but be careful with your mother board If you want a new hard drive you must make sure that it is compatible with your mother board so that it'll support it Carlos Millan Jr.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 7, 2003