The Disk Cleanup Utility, a featured component of every version of Microsoft Windows, scans your computer for files that the system no longer needs. Running this application regularly reduces clutter on your computer system, increasing the amount of free space on your hard drive and improving Windows’ overall performance.
Checking your hard disk for errors helps you identify hardware drivers that are missing or corrupted. With a missing or corrupted printer driver, a vital connection between your computer and business thermal printer from Zebra (or some other manufacturer) is cut off, rendering the device totally useless. The same holds true for all other peripherals and their drivers.
Disk cleanup on Windows is simple. You just have to open “My Computer” and right-click on the hard disk drive icon, usually designated “C.” From the pop-up menue select “Properties” and click the Disk Cleanup button. Alternatively, you can do a “quick launch” of the Disk Cleanup Utility from the Windows Start Menu. Delete temporary files—neither you nor your computer needs them, so don’t be afraid about them disappearing. The only files you may need to keep are downloaded program files.
Somewhere along the way, you will be asked whether you want seldom-used files to be compressed. Allow Windows to proceed with compression—this procedure does not affect the usability of these files and will help you save hard drive space. And don’t forget to take a good look at the graph which tells you how much free and unused space you have. Remember to keep at least 10% of your hard drive free for optimum hard drive performance.
Error checking is integrated with disk cleanup in recent versions of Windows. Allow this utility to automatically fix file system errors. This option is highly recommended and should solve most file system errors detected, including hardware driver problems. As much as possible, let the error-checking application scan your hard drive for bad sectors as well. This makes sure that your computer avoids using those sectors in the future.
Neglect routine disk cleanup and you will run into “Low Disk Space” errors. This is particularly troublesome for servers, with their huge data loads. And in case you receive an error message telling you that certain hardware need replacement, you can rely on computer hardware suppliers like Code Micro for new IBM Pseries parts and other components you might require.