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Why Does My Computer Slow Down When I Copy Files?

Solid State Drive

Episode 1797

Timmy from Oak Hills, CA

Timmy has two upgraded Windows 10 laptops, and when he tries to move files around, the computers will slow down and ultimately crash. Leo says that Operating Systems have an index of all your files, and it could be that the indexes on both computers are corrupted. The indexes will need to be rebuilt. Click on the Windows key and type Indexing options. Select the rebuild option. It will take a while, so it's best to do it before you go to bed. Also, make sure the folders that Timmy is trying to move haven't been excluded. There's a button and listing for that.

Can I defragment an SSD?

SanDisk SSD

Episode 1393

Sean from Pennsylvania

Sean has a nine year old desktop loaded with software. Will he be able to get updates to Windows XP to end of life? Leo says there's a good chance of that. He just won't get anything through SP2.

He also wants to know if he'll have to defrag his SSD. Leo says no, he won't need to, but he can do it to force TRIM to speed up the SSD.

Do I need to defrag my Windows computer?

Windows defrag

Episode 1351

Jane from Manhattan Beach, CA

Jane has been told to clean up and defrag her desktop every week. Is that correct? Leo says no. It's not necessary to defrag anymore as modern operating systems take care of this on their own. Additionally, for solid state drives, defragmenting is meaningless. Jane also doesn't need to use "CCleaner" to clean up her registry either. In fact, she could make things worse by trying to clean her registry. Sure, she can delete temporary files and clear caches, but all that stuff can be done directly in Windows.

Do I need to defrag my Windows computer?

Windows defrag

Episode 1259

Jane from Manhattan Beach, CA

Jane has been told to clean up and defrag her desktop every week. Is that correct? Leo says no. It's not necessary to defrag anymore as modern operating systems take care of this on their own. Additionally, for solid state drives, defragmenting is meaningless. Jane also doesn't need to use "CCleaner" to clean up her registry either. In fact, she could make things worse by trying to clean her registry. Sure, she can delete temporary files and clear caches, but all that stuff can be done directly in Windows.

Do I need to do routine maintenance on my computer?

Episode 1245

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard just got a new Dell computer and he wants to know how to do routine maintenance. Leo says that running defrags, clearing cookies and temporary files, etc. are really no longer important to do with modern operating systems. In fact, they clear them automatically now. So there's really no need anymore to do routine maintenance.