How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSD

How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSDWhen your PC’s performance winds down to a slow crawl it’s tempting to toss your old hardware for a shiny new tablet or laptop, especially with the latest solid-state drive technology to run circles around your old hard drive’s speed, but that can be quite expensive. There are more cost-effective ways to achieve like-new PC speeds, and in some cases, even better speed than an SSD can provide.

“If a once-fast computer has slowed to a crawl, you can’t really blame the hardware. Sure, you may be able to improve speed by adding RAM, upgrading the CPU, or replacing the hard drive with an SSD. But none of those solutions–all of which cost money–address the underlying problem. Your hardware isn’t underpowered. It’s overloaded.”

Last month in PCWorld, Lincoln Spector explained how to speed up a slow PC without buying new hardware. Tips included closing resource-hogging processes, disabling auto-loading programs from startup, and multi-tasking less often.

3 Cost-Effective Steps to Get Your Old PC Behaving Like a Super-Fast SSD

Cleaning out Windows can help with your system speed but Raxco’s got some permanent speed boosters for your PC, and they’re inexpensive alternatives to buying new hardware or scrapping your old PC. They all address different areas of your system to provide multi-level PC speed improvement.

How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSD1. RamDisk Plus (Download a 14-Day Free Trial)

The ultimate immediate speed-boost. Create a single or multiple RAM disks on any Windows PC – including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 – and use it to speed up everything you do. RamDisk Plus is also the only RAM disk software that can access and use RAM trapped above 3.2-4GB in 32-bit systems, so you get access to all that extra RAM — which would otherwise be hidden from your system and unusable — to speed up your PC.

RamDisk Plus gives you 50 times faster random read and write speeds on HDDs (PCs with traditional hard drives) – 10 times faster than SSDs! Solid-state drives are known for their amazing speeds…and high prices. So if you’re considering buying an SSD, you can get 10 times better-than-SSD speeds with RamDisk Plus without shelling out the big bucks.

*If you have an SSD, RamDisk Plus can help extend the life of your drive by reducing write amplification, redirecting writes to the RAM disk instead of your SSD.

2. PerfectDisk (Download a 30-Day Free Trial)

Fragmentation slows down drive performance on old and new PCs, including read/write speeds on HDDs and write speeds on SSDs. Fragmentation is an inevitable on all PCs. No system – not Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP – is immune to it.

If your system is slow to open or edit files in photo editing or video editing software, document or spreadsheet programs, or you’re experiencing texture pop-in with PC games, fragmentation is most likely the culprit.

PerfectDisk, Raxco’s flagship defragmentation and optimization software trusted by thousands of power users and IT professionals, prevents fragmentation with zero impact on system performance and eliminates existing file and free space fragmentation with an intelligent, energy-efficient optimization strategy designed to reduce the rate of refragmentation. PerfectDisk ensures your hard drive or SSD is running as fast as it possibly can.

How to Make Your Old PC Hardware Act Like a Brand New Super-Fast SSD3. PerfectRegistry (Start Free Scan)

Some Windows registry cleaners are a dime a dozen, promising to speed up your PC and eliminate registry errors. PerfectRegistry is an aggressive registry cleaner, it will eliminate more invalid registry entries than your typical registry cleaner, and it provides a backup and restore feature that allows you to undo a cleaning but it also defragments your registry from the inside – a different type of defrag than PerfectDisk provides – and compacts the registry, resulting in faster boot times and generally quicker Windows operation.


DLL Not Found? How to Stop Missing File Error Messages

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Why Registry Defrag is Different Than Disk Defrag — But Equally Important

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How To ♥ Your PC Just Like Mom Would

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Show your PC some love this Valentine’s Day! Take good care of your computer hardware and the data on it for a healthy, long-lasting relationship with your PC.

Extend Hard Drive Life1. Optimize and Extend the Life of Your Hard Drive

New and old PCs need to keep hard drive (and SSD) file systems optimized and running efficiently. Anyone doing a lot of work or play on their PC will need fragmentation prevention and free space consolidation for performance and speed, plus, the more efficiently your PC runs, the longer its life will be.

Optimize Your Hard Drive: Download PerfectDisk

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Computer Optimizer PerfectRegistry Cuts Start Time 80%

Computer Optimizer PerfectRegistry Cuts Start Up Time 80 PercentSlow computer boot time is a common issue we have all experienced at one point or another. If you have an older computer, if you’ve installed and removed many programs, or if you’ve made changes and edited your registry manually, the accumulated and leftover Windows registry entries can have a disastrous effect on computer speed and performance, including, most noticeably, computer start time.

Raxco is a pioneer in computer optimization on multiple fronts, leading with our flagship product PerfectDisk, which solves many PC performance problems. But in some cases, it’s the Windows registry that needs help - and now we can help ALL Windows PC operating systems: Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP. [Read more...]

How to Breathe Life into an Old PC

After long term use, your computer’s Windows registry can be a collection point for incomplete and invalid registry entries from newly installed programs, pieces of uninstalled programs, and harmful edits to your system by viruses and other malware. These invalid registry entries can confuse your system and result in unreliable PC behavior.

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How to Fix System Restore Disabled by a Virus

How to Fix System Restore Disabled by a Virus

Invalid registry entries can be added by viruses looking to infect and create havoc on your system. A single deleted or modified registry entry can result in:

  • Slow performance (even on a relatively new PC)
  • Frequent PC freezes
  • Unexplained PC crashes
  • Common Windows errors
  • Programs hang often and are slow to open
  • Blue screen of death (BSOD)

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Total Home License — better value for consumers

We recently introduced new pricing for our consumer products with our Total Home License program. This program allows you to use Raxco Software products on up to 5 PCs in your household. PerfectDisk Home Premium, PerfectDisk Pro, PerfectSpeed, PerfectUpdater, PerfectRegistry and PerfectGuard allow use on up to 5 PCs in a home with Total Home License.

Total Home License -- best pricing valueTotal Home License — it’s the best value for our customers with multiple-PC households.

Check out all our products for home consumers here.

Spring Cleaning: 4 Steps to Revive Your PC

Updated April 4, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Clean out your closets, reorganize the garage and turn your PC into the lean, mean, efficient machine it used to be!

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Remove clutter from your Windows registry, such as unwanted download add-ons and invalid keys from deleted programs. This will free up space in your registry and help speed up your PC by preventing hanging/freezing and crashes. Run a free scan with PerfectRegistry to find invalid registry entries. [Read more...]