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FINAL HARD DISK TWEAKS


Optimizing the TMP files is a small help.

Make a fast Exit or Restart

Buffer Commits (could lead to data loss!)

Compression gains space but looses speed

TEMPORARY FILES         All users

The Temp or Tmp folder (directory) in the Windows partition (hard disk) is in constant use. These folders are used for all expanding system and application files, for software installations, and also for spooling your printer.

The following is not necessary if BOTH of these conditions are met:
1. The Windows drive is your FASTEST hard disk
2. There is ALWAYS plenty of free space on the Windows drive

Optimizing the Temp file(s):
If you have more than one partition or hard drive, find the largest and fastest free space on your drive (other than Windows drive). Suppose E: drive is your largest/fastest free space - make a new temp folder in its root directory. Then edit (or add into) Autoexec.bat these two lines:
set temp=E:\temp
set tmp=E:\temp

Optimally it would be best to select a small partition on a fast drive for temporary file usage - this will alleviate unnecessary fragmentation and facilitate defragmentation.

Any recent files you delete from a Temp or Tmp folder should be left in the Recycle Bin for a period (just in case they are actually required - that should not happen, but it has been known to occur!). Do not try to delete the Temp or Tmp folders in the Windows drive.

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FAST EXIT &RESTART         All Users

You can remove some of the pain involved in closing Windows 98 / 95. Just create a Exit or a Restart shortcut button on your Desktop and you can exit or restart with a single or double click.

Use these only if your system is quite stable.

Fast Exit

1. Activate the Desktop i.e. left-click on an empty area
2. Right-click and select New, then Shortcut
3. Enter the following in the Command line: box
C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER.EXE,ExitWindows
(where C:Windows is the Windows drive/directory - if not then change that).
4. Click Continue or Next.
5. Enter a name for the new shortcut i.e. EXIT Fast.
6. Click Finish.

Fast Restart

Same as above except for line 3.
3. Enter the following in the Command line: box
C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\USER.EXE,ExitWindowsExec

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SYNCHRONOUS BUFFER COMMITS        Intermediate Users

Try this at your own risk !

Applications often wait for confirmation that data has been written to the hard disk. Its elimination can lead to about a 10% speed increase in some applications.

If the Synchronous Buffer Commits is disabled, then Windows lies to an application and tells the application that it's writing data to the drive when Windows is actually caching the data in memory. This increases disk-intensive application performance.

However if you happen to lose power when it is disabled then the data in cache will not be written to disk, and that data may be lost. Hence this tip can not be recommended! It is normally used only for troubleshooting by advanced users.

Such a loss would apply to currently unsaved data and may not worry some.

If you have disk-intensive application(s), and you wish to try it then:
• Select Start • Settings • Control Panel • System • Performance • File System • Troubleshooting
Enable x the item Disable synchronous buffer commits

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COMPRESSION         All users

Disk Compression to gain Free Disk Space

Hard Disk compression (typically using DriveSpace) is enticing for those who are short of space and buying a new hard disk is not an option. Compression employs special drivers to squeeze more data into the same volume of disk space.

Disk compression can gain you 1.5 to 2 times the amount of current hard disk storage. Older systems typically have small disks and compression can be a life-saver.

However there is, inevitably, another side to the story. The compressed data must be de-compressed prior to use - and that takes time.

• Compression reduces performance. This can be as much as 20% on some systems. In particular, it is to be avoided in memory-short systems as they are already heavily dependent on Virtual Memory (disk trashing).
• It increases the risk of data loss. It is difficult to determine the degree of risk involved.
• It makes freeing-up conventional memory more difficult which could be a problem if you use true DOS for games or other software.

Be sure you fully investigate the most recent compression software first.

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