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A hard drive must be maintained to be used most efficiently.

A hard drive must be maintained to be used most efficiently. This maintenance includes deleting old files, defragmenting a drive so that it does not waste space, as well as, from time to time, finding and attempting to correct disk failures.

Using the Internet, and Windows XP Help and Support, research what maintenance should be performed on hard drives. Your response must include the type of maintenance, when it should be performed and the risks of not performing the maintenance.

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Hard drive maintenance includes deleting old files, defragmenting a drive so that it does not waste space, as well as, from time to time, finding and attempting to correct disk failures.

Deleting old files from hard drive will free up disk space. This can be done using the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows XP. Disk Cleanup searches your drive, and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can safely delete. We can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of those files. The risks of not performing this ...

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