By Beth Sachtjen
Computer maintenance isn't the most exciting concept, but perhaps you'd be more interested in the topic if you knew you've been scandalously misinformed with outdated information and mythology about its maintenance.
You are now entering the Geek Guide Twilight Zone: a dark, seedy underworld of technology treachery with the following popular computer lies:
“Defragment the heck out of your PC!”
If you've moved from Windows XP to Vista to Windows 7, the exciting arc your defragmentation tool has taken might surprise you. In Windows XP, you knew that defragmenting your computer simply made it work faster. This is because defragmentation does two things: groups related files and makes more efficient use of free space. However, Windows Vista was developed with a new algorithm that accounted for the fact that defragging pieces of a file larger than 64 MB requires more performance input/output than the benefit of defragging. Windows Vista made this a schedulable process, and Windows 7 made defragmentation of multiple drives automatically a default. Therefore, if you are a Windows 7 user that regularly defragments your computer manually, you are wasting valuable Facebook time.