Defragment Your Hard Drives To Increase System Performance and Speed
All files in the hard disk drive are organized in a proper manner by the computer. However, when the user explores and uses these files over and over again, there are chances that they could get corrupted. Most of the times, computer generates and saves new files (temporary files) when some regular processes such as saving and deleting files are performed.
Due to this, almost all files of even a single program are scattered over several locations in HDD (Hard Disk Drive). A file structure of such type is termed as fragmentation. The system stability and PC performance are highly affected when there are several fragmented files in HDD.
A special tool namely Disk Defragmenter is pretty useful for Windows users with which you can improve the system stability. This tool reorganizes the fragmented files and replaces them as “contiguous blocks”. All the associated files are closely arranged making the program to work fast.
You will also find an inbuilt Disk Defragmenter tool in Windows to find out the frequently used programs, and it checks the log files. After that, by rearranging such files it reduces the start up time of respected program.
It is highly recommended to run Disk Defragmenter every week if you use your PC for 2 hours every day. It would be more helpful to run Windows Disk Defragmenter immediately after installing or uninstalling a few programs at a time.
Following step by step guide will help you to Defragment your computer’s HDD.
- First of all, go to My Computer and open it.
- Then, you have to right click on any one local drive. Select Properties from the context menu.
- Now, click on the tab namely, Tools and after that ‘Defragment now’ button.
- First click on the Analyze button. After analyzing, click on the Defragment button. The defragmentation process will be started.
Using above steps, you can also defragment other hard disk drive partitions.
As an alternate way to open Windows Disk Defragmenter, go to Start then go to All programs then Accessories and then System Tools and now select Disk Defragmenter.
Bill R TechSpec says
I agree with Krabi, as doing a defrag with the built-in utility can take a very long time (and you can’t use the PC while it’s defragmenting).
I recently saw a post by a user who reported his 350 GB drive took 104 HOURS to defrag with the built-in (see:
Disks become fragmented with use. There’s a lot of really good info on defragmentation at:
I recommend using a good automatic third party program that can defrag transparently while using the PC so you don’t have wait forever for it to defrag.
Here’s a Top 10 Reviews side-by-side comparison of the best defrag programs available:
The top placers are automatic and they all offer a free trial.
The gold medalist prevents fragmentation.
You can get a free trial via the review or at http://www.diskeeper.com/defrag
Bill R TechSpec
I use a commercial defragmenter, one that runs silently in the background and needs no manual inputs or scheduling. Has kept the drives neatly defragged without conflicting with other programs. I find it to be much better than the freeware or windows tool.