How Can I Speed Up My Computer?

How Can I Speed Up My Computer?

Can changing memory chips speed up my computer?

Dell wants to sell me new memory chips to help speed up computer processing, not sure that will do it.

Unless the computer came with slower chips than it was designed for, swapping out faster ones will not make a difference. I don’t think Dell would have done that. What will help is if you upgrade to more RAM, as Windows will spend less time swapping data back and forth to the disk drive. You can go to and run a test that will tell you what your options are. Dell will sell computers with less than the maximum amount of RAM allowed to allow for upgrade but save money in the initial purchase.

The best way to speed up Sierra Chart without buying a new computer would be to run Sierra Chart on a Solid State Drive  SSDs don’t have moving parts as they are totally electronic, making them much faster. Most SSDs come with software for cloning your existing hard drive, which you can save as a backup.

Also reducing the amount of open chartbooks, and the number data/days that the chart loads on start-up will help. If you don’t normally run backtests or look back on your charts more than 7 days.  There is really no need to have your charts set to load more than 10 days of data.

With regular use, the Sierra Chart data folder (C:\sierrachart\data) will continue to grow in size over time. The reason is that all chart data from the first Intraday chart viewed until the present is based on *.scid files. There is one per symbol.

If disk space is a concern, the easiest thing to do is to delete all the scid file and Sierra will download any missing data the next time you open a chart that needs it. This is the equivalent of doing Edit>>Delete All Data and Download.

The easiest way to get rid of unused downloaded data is to close Sierra Chart and delete all the *.scid files in the C:\sierrachart\data folder.  When you open any chartbook, it will download fresh data if it cannot be found on your system.

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