Computer Insider Show #2018-15

Today on Computer Insider, a few tips on how to set up your computer for maxim performance. I recently had an issue with a virus attack on my computer. What saved my system was how I had initially set things up for both performance and recovery. When I bought my desktop computer, I used it for about a month without making any hardware changes that would impact the overall warranty on the machine. Once I was sure that all was running properly out of the box, a made a number of changes. First of all, I added a Solid State drive, then cloned my original boot drive to the SSD, so it would take on the bulk of the computers storage responsivities. An SSD is much much faster than a traditional drive, so booting up your system more like a tablet than a desktop. It also speeds up tasks like temporary swap files, which can remarkably improve overall responsiveness for many software packages.  At the same time, I changed the location of all my data storage so that it would always be stored on my original hard disk, which would henceforth be a data drive. The reason for this is twofold. First of all, I will always have a fully configured, bootable drive that is not being used for executable programs in the computer, and secondly, I will always have my data concentrated on a storage drive which generally is isolated from rogue programs, so you’re really important information is easily accessible after a disaster.