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How To: Speed Up Your PC Without New Hardware

So you just finished building your first custom PC. You’ve installed all of the state-of-the-art equipment and the latest and greatest operating system. You press the power button for the first time and you are amazed at how fast it loads. It is a truly mesmerizing experience. If you’re a geek you know what I’m talking about. It feels great right? Well get this, you might not be getting the most out of that awesome PC. I myself recently realized that my custom build PC was not running at 100% and that after a few simple modifications I gained a 20% increase in speed without any new hardware. These tweaks where due to my lack of knowledge and overall haste when originally building this PC.

Before we get started I wanted to say something that causes many slowdowns on new systems. These slowdowns are caused by users installing drivers from the CD included in your hardware packaging. These CD’s contain outdated drivers and sometimes broken software.  Some of the biggest speed increases you will ever see will be by simply updating these drivers. Most driver updates can be found on the website of the hardware manufacturer. Before continuing with any other tweaks be sure to always download and install the latest drivers first. Okay, now we can move on.

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Research Shows: Solid State Drives Are More Difficult to Erase

We have been erasing hard drives and other storage mediums for years now with much success by overwriting the data with zeros and ones several times.  However, with the adoption of SSDs that may not be sufficient anymore.  According to researches at the University of California at San Diego, “newer solid state disks have a much different internal architecture, so it is unclear whether what has worked on magnetic media will work on SSDs as well.”

The researchers study shows that after trying 14 sanitizing techniques on SSDs ranging from Gutman’s 35-pass method to the Schneier 7-pass method they found is that every data-erasing technique left at least 10MB of recoverable data from a 100MB file.  In some techniques, such as overwriting the chip with pseudorandom data or using a British HMG IS5 baseline, left nearly all data intact.

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