Through regular maintenance tasks, you can keep your hard drives free of clutter and running at their optimal speed. To help with these tasks, Windows includes several helpful utilities and tools. The Disk Cleanup utility can remove temporary files and deleted files from the hard drive in a single step. The Disk Defragmenter utility can organize the hard drive into consecutive free and used areas, which can speed up the time it takes to access saved data.
The Error-checking tool can be used to find and repair any cross-linked files and misaligned indexes. This tool can also scan the entire drive for damaged sectors. Finally, the Backup utility can save critical files to a place where they can be restored at a later time in case of a system crash.