External or Internal Hard Disk Is Really Slow Now?
Newly purchased external hard disk runs really slowly when you try to copying some PC files there? WD external HDD suddenly becomes supper slow after being used for ages? Seagate USB portable hard disk works at a very slow speed in compassion with the previous performance? Or computer internal hard disk becomes extremely slow and even affects the computer performance negatively? Really want to fix this slow performance issue and speed this hard disk up to restore its functional use? OK! No worry! The external or internal hard disk does become slow over the time. But, that doesn’t mean it will become slower and slower all the time till it fails someday. Oppositely, as long as it is not physically damaged, like getting some bad sectors, being seriously dropped or the likes, you do have chances to restore its fast performance as before.
How to Speed up This Supper Slow Hard Disk?
Generally, the supper slow hard disk issue often is able to be aroused for many causes, including hard disk bad sectors, physical hard disk damages, a nearly full hard disk and hard disk with too many fragments, etc. Therefore, if you do want to make your hard disk work fast as before, you may also have to start from these causes. Merely go on reading the below measures and speed your hard disk up with ease:
Firstly, Perform a Health Check on This Disk to See Whether There Are Bad Sectors.
One of the major reasons of a slow hard disk is the hard disk problems, like the common bad sectors and other hard disk damages. So, in order to restore the fast performance of this hard disk, you’d perform a health check on this drive to see whether there are bad sectors and also fix some possible hard disk errors as soon as possible. What you are supposed to do is only to run the CHKDSK tool (Open your Windows error-checking tool like this: right click your hard disk in "My Computer" => select "Properties" option => click "Tools" tab =>Press "Check Now" button) or download a diagnostic tool to scan this hard disk and see whether it is still healthy. If it is still in good state and found no hard disk errors, it is great! You can freely go on the below steps. But, if there are really many bad sectors or other problems, follow the tool guidance to fix them. Of course, if necessary, also format this hard disk after backing all disk data well elsewhere.
Secondly, Clean This Hard Disk to Spare More Free Space
The hard disk also can run really slow since this hard disk is nearly filled with different photos, videos, documents, mails, songs, games and applications, etc, and has no enough free space left. Hence, in this case, in order to let this disk run fast as again, you’d better to clean this hard disk up and delete all useless or unnecessary files and folders to spare more free drive space.
Here are three methods for you to spare more hard disk space.
1). Delete or remove all useless programs, files and folders one by one.
2). Delete unnecessary hard disk information with Windows Cleanup tool.
Simply right click this disk in "My Computer" to choose the "Properties" and open "General" tab. And then, find and click "Disk Cleanup" button to go on. This disk Cleanup tool often will help deeply scan your selected hard disk and find all possible files or folders that are able to be deleted. After the disk scanning process, simply choose the listed options, like Recycle Bin, Compress old files, Catalog files for the Content Indexer, etc, to delete as you wish.
3). Move all saved important data to another hard disk or locations.
Of course, if all the stored hard disk information is precious and useful, you also can go try to move part or even all of it to another drive or location instead.
Overall, no matter which way is practical for you, do your utmost to free much more hard disk space to speed the hard disk up.
Thirdly, Defragment This Hard Drive
The fragments also will occupy the computer hard disk space and slow the hard disk performance. Therefore, you also can try to defragment this drive to speed it up, like this: open "My Computer" => right click your attached hard disk there to highlight "Properties" => Click "Tools" tab and click "Defragment Now" immediately.
Learn More Tips to Avoid Farther Troubles:
1). Back up any useful drive information before you take any action to speed this disk up.
No matter which way you will choose to speed your hard disk up, never forget to firstly back up all important data inside this disk, including some precious photos, files, movies, music, mails and the likes, to avoid some unexpected data loss troubles, like accidental deletion, mistaken format, virus-infection disk and more. Before you take any method to speed this disk up, you’d better save two or more copies of useful disk data to another hard disk, flash drives or online storage.
2). Go recover lost data from hard disk when it is formatted due to too many bad sectors.
In order to fix the hard disk bad sector problems, you just format this hard disk without extra data copies? Wonder to recover lost disk data back after that unexpected format? OK! It is possible to recover lost data from formatted hard disk. Merely save no new stuffs on this hard disk after format and download formatted hard disk data recovery software to go on.