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How long we have to keep our computers on, per day ??

most of the people keep there computer days to gather for downloads . But to maintain our PC in good condition How long we need to use per day ?

My PC is DELL XPS 420 ...

1.0.1    Model    Dell XPS420
1.0.4    Operating System    Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
1.0.5    Service Pack    0

Display Adapters
7.2.1.1    Description    ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO
7.2.1.2    Chipset Compatibility    ATI Technologies Inc.
7.2.1.3    Video Processor    ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x94C3)
7.2.1.4    Driver Version    7.01.01.693
7.2.1.5    PnP Device ID    PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94C3&SUBSYS_03021028&REV_00\4&305D1F8&0
   Processor(s)
6.0.1.1    ID    CPU0
6.0.1.2    Description    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
6.0.1.3    Level    6
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Re: How long we have to keep our computers on, per day ??
« Reply #1 on: 30/07/2009 12:54:40 »
Defragment your computer around once every two weeks if you use it heavily.
Run the command
chkdsk /R/F
for every drive and answer y to every request to schedule a disc check and
n to unmounting the filesystem.

Downloads are however long that requires.
Keeping your computer switched on is your choice, it means very little.

In the old days there was a section of disc called "landz" , oddly all it refers to is the set of blocks on the track on the platter to use for landing the reading head when the machine is powered down.While the machine was operating the reading head flys above the disc platter on the cusion of air generated by the immense revolving speed of the disc.
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« Reply #2 on: 30/07/2009 12:56:31 »
Defragment your computer around once every two weeks if you use it heavily.
Run the command
chkdsk /R/F
for every drive and answer y to every request to schedule a disc check and
n to unmounting the filesystem.

Downloads are however long that requires.
Keeping your computer switched on is your choice, it means very little.

In the old days there was a section of disc called "landz" , oddly all it refers to is the set of blocks on the track on the platter to use for landing the reading head when the machine is powered down.
what is Defragment  ?
How do I do it in vista ?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 30/07/2009 13:10:23 »
Data on the disc in each partition(drive) is stored in blocks, the blocks contain a particular quantity of bytes each , cylinders contain a particular quantity of blocks.

The formatted layout of a disc is called "disc geometry".

When files are written to the disc the places the parts of the file(sets of bytes) are put are not always one after the other in sequence on the disc, block or sector of the partition track:
 e.g. particularly if you were writing a text file and did something else then came back to text file and edited some more.
The journal or FAT(File Allocation Table) for each partition keeps a record of where all these separate parts are and their sequence and obviously there start marker locations and end sequence of each set of bytes for the files.

Defragmenting the disc is a method of sorting the bytes , copying the bytes in sequence to one long uninterrupted set so the FAT or journal record does not require to keep multiple records of file parts for the file.

It improves file access time from the disc and regains space on the disc by removing the excessive required numbers of records for each files parts.

A "defragmenter" is effectively a utility program that you require to obtain as software.
Whether vista has that or not as part of it you can take a good guess whether it does by right-clicking on a partition icon e.g. c:\ in "My Computer" and looking through the "properties" tab relating disc maintenance.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 31/07/2009 02:48:34 »
I just think i'll add,
the size of computers in the last decade has grown so huge that any appreciable quantity of data and usage does require a long period of maintenance time used to run all the maintenance utilities.
You certainly could switch your computer on each day if you had nothing to do, and perform all the main activities of maintenance.
chkdisk , ant-virus complete scan (takes 5 hours for my computer, its continualy 3/4 full) , and defragmentation(unless its been done before and not used).
A good utility suite to have is called "Norton Utilities" with "Norton WinDoctor".
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« Reply #5 on: 31/07/2009 04:55:59 »
A good utility suite to have is called "Norton Utilities" with "Norton WinDoctor".
Yeah, I like Norton
 

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« Reply #6 on: 01/08/2009 02:07:10 »
The defragmenter in it is called "speed disc".
 

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« Reply #7 on: 01/08/2009 14:36:07 »
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This is what the defragmentation menu looks like in Vista,
to see it press the windows button and put "defrag" in the search box.
« Last Edit: 01/08/2009 14:40:24 by RD »
 

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