Removing photos to free up PC space

  SIMSJC 17:35 12 Nov 2013

My PC is so slow it's very painful. But I do have hundreds (mebbe even thousands) of family photos and videos stored on it. If I copy all the pics onto usb sticks and delete em from PC will it be super quick again???

  Ian in Northampton 20:35 12 Nov 2013

It may help. To get any real benefit, though, you'd probably need to defrag your hard drive after you'd deleted them. It's got to be worth trying, anyway, because even if it doesn't speed up your PC, you sure as hell should have copies of your photos. I'd strongly suggest two copies before you delete anything. Note that, depending on the size of your images, you may need either a very high capacity USB stick, or several of them.

If it's an oldish PC, though, and you've never reinstalled Windows - reinstalling Windows may be the way to go (after you've backed up all your files).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:25 12 Nov 2013

Removing photos will have no effect unless your hard drive is almost full.

You really need to have them backed up to an external drive or DVDs.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:26 12 Nov 2013

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. see

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at 7">[click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. 7">Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  wee eddie 00:31 13 Nov 2013

Your project of storing Photos on USB sticks has one disadvantage ~ Without Backup you could easily lose the lot. Better to think again.

Fruitbat is the MAN

  SIMSJC 09:27 13 Nov 2013

Great advice - thanks everyone.

It's an 8 year old Packard Bell, a trusty workhorse that I'm trying to squeeze more life out of before bowing to the inevitable and buying a new un...

I added more memory about a year ago. It gave a small improvement but that seems to have been eroded by adding lots more photos.

I defragged at the weekend (took ages - went shopping and left it running) and it has helped I'm sure. I also uninstalled a few unused programmes including games the kids have long since lost interest in.

I will defo do some of the things you guys have suggested. I'll report back...

  johnincrete 09:31 15 Nov 2013

Fruit Bat: Downloading Drivers: How? I have two computers, quite ancient and I have never updated drivers for the simple reason I don't know how!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:59 15 Nov 2013


quite ancient What op system?

If it works don't fix it :0)

in device manager right click the device - select update driver follow the wizard

windows will search for a better driver on your machine - when it can't find one then you can download one from the manufacturers web site. They often com as an .exe file you just double click to run and they will install.

May also come as a zip file you will need to extract to a folder first.

if not run the wizard again and select search in a specific location - enter the path to where you downloaded the driver e.g. c:\my documents\download\drivers.

See this youtube video

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