Have you noticed your computer processing a little slower than normal? Maybe you can't get your e-mail as quickly as you used to. Or maybe you just want to put your foot through the monitor screen because it keeps freezing anyway and you're not getting anything done. Save your loafers. In actuality, you might need a little memory boost. Every computer relies on RAM, random access memory. RAM resides on your computer hard drive, so to boost your RAM, you first need to take a look at your hard drive and then get to work cleaning up your computer. Routinely checking and cleaning your RAM will keep your system running more smoothly. Just a few different checks will maximize your computer's performance while you sit back in your ergonomic chair and think about your next project instead of the frozen screen in front of you. To make your RAM bigger and improve the speed of your computer, just increase your memory. You can do this a couple of ways. Defrag your computer to rid it of unneeded files. Doing this will make everyday processes like a word processing program or your accounting program boot up and run faster. You won't find yourself chewing your nails in anticipation for the next window to pop up. Maybe you need to purchase another hard drive. You can install it easily and with little extra cost, and doing so will maximize your computer's speed. You'll find yourself blown away by the lighting quick speed of programs on your computer. Those of us that use our computers regularly will greatly profit from more memory. Two hard drives really will make a difference. The wimpiest hard drives usually come with the computer; so if you're still using your factory hard drive, buy another one. To install a new hard drive, you only need a screwdriver. You can find the right hard drive by asking a technician at your local computer hardware store. They should point you in the right direction. Then just follow the instructions in the package. Another hard drive might not only save you the frustration that a slow computer causes, but it will save you the headache of lost files. It gives you another places to save your files, a virtual additional filing cabinet. This saves you stress in the end and allows you to sleep better at night and work better in the day. As you work with your hard drive, spend time cleaning out your files as well Delete what you don't need and then back up what you do want to keep. There's nothing worse than finding yourself in the middle of an assignment with a blank screen and the hum of a dying hard drive in your ears. So do what you must to keep your computer in tip top shape and ready for your next task.