Hard Drive Cleaner Options - Manual and Automatic
Improvements can be made in computer performance by employing cleanup techniques
to clean out unwanted files on your computer. The computer can run faster the less
files there are that need to be sorted and managed by the drive. Any spare space
that is recovered after cleanup is complete will increase system performance when
there is lots of free space to work with. And defragmentation is more effective when
there is lots of free space. And with your private data out of reach there is less
chance that they are taken and abused by anybody that is not authorized to view them.
Search the internet and you will find many cleanup tools that in each case, view
the HDD analysis & cleaning process in their own style. A popular example is the 'hard drive cleaner' like
this one, some are commercial products and others are free. But this
is not all these applications can perform; several of these can also get rid of old
data from free space, scan and remove inappropriate material, discover and clean
copyrighted material, and show the distribution of data on your HDD.
Hard disk analysis and cleaning tools can be loosely categorized into just a few
classes. The most common of these are the the 'disk cleaner' or 'file cleaner' class
utilities such as the 'Disk Cleanup' utility that comes with Microsoft operating
systems, that delete any unused files and give back usable space in the process.
There are 'PC privacy' tools which delete internet history and delete traces of things
you have typed while searching in Internet Explorer, tools such as Evidence Eliminator.
Another category is the 'porn eraser', which detects the location of porno files
and a range of other inappropriate files and can manage the cleanup of the ones that
should not be there. Still another class of cleaning software is the data erasing
program which, by writing random garbage over existing data, completely erases it
found in unused areas of the disk, so that nobody else can find it.