Over time, the many interdependent files that make up a program tend to drift apart and scatter across the hard drive. When a program’s files are misaligned, the hard drive moves excessively as it loads the files that a program uses while it is running. This added drive movement is not only a drain on program launch time and overall system responsiveness, it also causes unnecessary wear-and-tear on your hardware.
Program Accelerator™ alleviates these problems by re-aligning programs and their dependent files. In order to re-align programs for maximum efficiency, Program Accelerator must move misaligned files from one physical location on the hard drive to another. If Program Accelerator cannot locate a block of continuous free space on the drive which is large enough to hold the misaligned file in its entirety, the file will not be re-aligned. Otherwise, the file would be written in two or more fragments, which defeats the purpose of the optimization.
On drives with limited continuous free space, some files may be too large for Program Accelerator to re-align them. When this happens, there are things that you can do to create the necessary space on the hard drive so Program Accelerator can complete a full re-alignment process.
Tips to create additional continuous free space on your hard drive
- Update to the Latest Version of System Mechanic
- New features and options as well as improved optimization methods are often available simply by updating your product.
- Empty the Recycle Bin and Desktop File Incinerator
- Files moved to the Recycle Bin or Incinerator continue to take up space on the hard drive until emptied
- Run System Mechanic’s PC Cleanup tool to remove unnecessary system clutter, like temporary files and Internet cache
- Program Accelerator includes an option to automatically run the PC Cleanup tool prior to optimization
- Consolidate Free Space During Optimization
- Program Accelerator includes this advanced option which increases the likelihood of re-aligning otherwise unmovable files.
- Run System Mechanic’s Junk File Finder™ tool for a deeper search for obsolete and unneeded files based on criteria you choose
- Delete large files that you don’t need any more, or move them to another hard drive with more space
- Program installers downloaded from the Internet are often hundreds of megabytes, and can be safely deleted after installation
- Consider deleting old or obsolete system backups, or moving them to another hard drive for safe keeping
- Depending on which files you choose to include, system backups can grow to several gigabytes or more.
- Uninstall unnecessary programs
- Use System Mechanic’s CRUDD Remover™ tool to remove redundant programs
- Use System Mechanic’s Advanced Uninstaller™ tool to thoroughly uninstall programs you don’t need any more
More tips to improve Program Accelerator’s effectiveness
- Run System Mechanic’s Total Registry Revitalizer™ all-in-one tool to remove invalid data and compact the registry in one operation. Windows registry data is stored in files on the hard drive called “hives.” These hive files can grow very large over time. Compacting the registry reduces the size of the hives, which (should they become misaligned) makes it easier for Program Accelerator to re-align them.
- Use the boot-time defragmentation feature of System Mechanic’s DriveAccelerator™ tool to defragment system files, including the system page file. This defragmentation process can sometimes reposition large files (such as your primary system files) in a way that makes it easier for Program Accelerator to then complete its job.
Letting go of computer clutter