Hard Drive Housekeeping:
Use Directories and subdirectories to segregate different programs and
Back up anything you can't afford to lose.
Scan floppies for viruses before exposing the machine to any floppies of
unknown cleanliness. Virus scan the hard drives occasionally just on general
principles. Scanning every time you start up by building it into the autoexec.bat
Be VERY careful about clicking on links and attachments of emails even
if you know the person who sent them. That "innocent"-looking picture
may be a virus.
All of the following utilities can be accessed in Win 95 and later by clicking
on My Computer, then right clicking on the hard drive, properties and tools,
so the modern way to implement them is a little less arcane, but here is
the old description:
Brush your teeth, wash behind your ears, and DEFRAG your hard drive.
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Set up a "temp" directory for programs to keep in-process temporary files:
make a C:\00temp directory
put "set temp=C:\00temp in the autoexec.bat
clean out *.tmp files that are left behind when something unusual happens.
Use CHKDSK (DOS 5.0) or SCANDISK (DOS 6.XX) to check for lost allocation
chains. Clean them up with CHKDSK /f if necessary.
Do a surface check occasionally (SCANDISK)
DEFRAG (DOS 6.XX) as often as necessary to keep the disk less than 2 or
3% fragmented files --less of an issue with new humongo-harddrives.
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