Gain performance by rearranging files on hard drive

Improve the performance of your system by rearranging files on your hard drive when the computer is idle.

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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