How to Maintain Your Brand New Computer
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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Defrag your hard drive once every couple of weeks. When you are constantly writing moving, creating and deleting files to your hard drive, those files aren’t written or deleted in one continuously line. One file could be written all over your hard drive. To access one file, the system has to look all over the drive to gather the bits for that file before it will open it up. “The more fragmented your hard drive is, the longer it will take to access files,” says Davis. “By defragging you take all of the little parts of that file and put them together in one location.” Doing this will help the drive load files faster. Some people may not have to do it that frequently. If you are a basic user who accesses email and Microsoft Office and you don’t add a lot of content to your hard disk you may not have to do that. But if you are a power user and you are constantly adding large content to your hard drive, like videos, photos, and games, then you will need to defrag often to keep your system fast and organized.

  • To defrag your hard drive. Go to “My Computer.” Right click on your local disk. Scroll down to “properties”. Click on the “Tools” tab and then press the “Defragment Now” button. Be patient it can take a long time depending on how much fragmentation you have and how fast your computer is.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.