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User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

Hi guys. I'm not much of a computer techie, but I know the basics. For awhile now my family computer has run extremely slow, and I think it might have alot to do with my music library. I was interested in buying one of those cards you can insert into the USB port, and store so much stuff on it. I figure it would help with the speed of my computer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Mike

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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Get a Sony with the MicroVault. It automatically compresses the files when you move them to your USB storage drive and decompresses them when you move them back onto a regular hard drive. Worth the money in my opinion. I have a 1GB USB drive that I got off of eBay and I am very pleased with it. While you might pay more for the name brand Sony, I am not sure if any other brand has the MicroVault technology, which I suppose is not that fancy, but like you, I'm not that computer savvy and I quite like how the Sony USB drive works, it also has a key ring on it if you feel so inclined as to carry it around with your house keys.

- Neil


User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
For awhile now my family computer has run extremely slow, and I think it might have alot to do with my music library

4 out of 5 home computers are infected with a malware of some kind. A mysterious slowing down is the most common symptom.


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

Quoting Eilennaei (Reply 2):
4 out of 5 home computers are infected with a malware of some kind. A mysterious slowing down is the most common symptom.

Does AdAware check for Malware, becuase I can't remember.  Sad

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineEilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

The best tool for detecting browser-related malware is I think Spy Sweeper ( www.webroot.com ) Unfortunately the trialware now only informs of, will not remove the pests. If you encounter anything browser-related, there's a very good chance an active net virus/worm will be found as well, but you'll need another tool for them, e.g. trialware from www.f-secure.com .

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

If you have a large music library a USB flash drive isn't going to be big enough to fit much. I have a 2GB one I use at work, and with everything on it (including a full back-up of all my work files) I have half a gig left.

I'd suggest you invest in a proper spyware and anti-virus software, burn any important files to CD-Rs (really the least expensive solution) and do a complete system scan.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5182 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Is your hard disk full? If so then your computer will run slower, and freeing up space (such as by deleting MP3s) will help.

A 1G USB Flash disk will cost you �30-50, whereas a 120G hard disk will cost about the same amount. If its just extra space you need, buy a new hard disk.

Check also your computers memory usage, right click on the taskbar, and select "Task Manager" then click the performance tab. Have a look under "Physical Memory (K)" and check the "available" is showing a reasonable amount. With no programs running you want to have at least 100,000 available, even more ideally. Anything less than this and your computer is going to struggle running applications.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3208 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 983 times:

First thing to definitely check is do a sweep for viruses and spyware. I usually use both AdAware Personal and Spybot Search & Destroy for spyware, as no one program catches everything. If you don't have any antivirus software, AVG is a good free option.

AdAware: http://www.lavasoft.com/software/adaware/
Spybot: http://www.spybot.info/
AVG: http://free.grisoft.com/

As far as moving your music library to external storage, I definitely suggest going with a hard drive like Nighthawk suggested. If your music collection is that big, a 1 or 2 GB flash drive won't make that much of a difference. NeilYYZ's suggestion of a MicroVault drive won't help much either. Most likely your music is in MP3, WMA, or AAC format, all of which are already compressed and adding further compression won't make much of a difference. You can see this for yourself -- create an archive folder in XP, which is really a Zip compressed file, and put one of your songs into it. You'll see that the compressed folder isn't much smaller than the original. If you music is in an uncompressed format like WAV, than converting them to a compressed format will make a huge difference.

As an alternative to the hard drive, you could burn the music to a CD-R. By creating an MP3 cd (where you copy the MP3 files to the disc like any other file), you can get a lot more onto one disc than if you burn it as a standard Audio CD. There are some CD players out there now that can handle MP3 CDs, but many cannot. You can still use the CD on your computer. The downside is that you won't have access to all of your music at the same time.


User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 964 times:

Thanks guys. I have Spybot, Adaware, Norton Anti-Virus, and run another anti-virus every so often, and nothing ever seems to come up. Yet our computer is so ridiculously slow it drives me nuts.

Mike


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 962 times:

I don't see the point in getting a Flash Drive/USB Stick when you can just get an external Hard Drive. They run on either USB or Firewire and are just as simple to install as a small USB Stick but can be up to 300gb in storage rather than 1 or 2 gig. They're slightly more expensive but definitely worth it.

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