Gain performance by rearranging files on hard drive

The following setting will rearrange files on the hard drive when the computer is idle, thereby improving the performance of the system.

  • Open your registry and find or create the key listed at the bottom of this tip.
  • Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "EnableAutoLayout." Set it according to the value data below.
  • Exit your registry. You may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Here is the code you will use:

 Registry Settings System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion OptimalLayout] Value Name: EnableAutoLayout

Note: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Modify at your own risk.

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This was first published in September 2006

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