sysUnit 8 Analysis 1: System Performance
Instructor: Peter Butu -------------------------------------------------
Student: Alvaro M. Alegre
1. Fragmentation in system files can result in a general degradation across all user and system activities. Fragmentation in applications and data files can result in the degradation of specific software applications. 2. With more processes loading and running at the same time the performance of the system will degrade due to increased disk activity. 3. Your OS will use the hard drive as a "swap file" or virtual memory if your PC runs out of RAM while you are working away. Using your hard drive as memory causes a serious performance hit, as hard drives are way, way slower than RAM. So, the trick is adding enough memory because adding more memory when you are not going to used it is pointless, also we have to remember that in order to add more than 4 GB we need a system running at 64 bit because a 32 bit will only use up to 4 GB of memory. 4. There are many factor that affect performance on a computer one that we talk about is the fragmentation of the file system that is often ignore because some people think that it doesn’t changed much performance for the normal user. The other factor is whether or not add more memory to the motherboard, which it depends how the computer is used for, but adding more memory will certainly add performance to the computer if is required.
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