How to defragment your hard drive
Unless you are using SSD, your system will eventually lose performance when data stored on your hard drive is broken. There’s no reason to worry when that happens – defragmenting your hard drive is an easy solution.
Hard disk frames run data because they are random by nature. The actuator, platter, spindle, actuator arm, and read / write head (among other parts), hard drives work by storing and searching information on a rotating disk.
When data is written (stored), it is written on the first blank part of the drive that the author can access from head to toe. Free space becomes scarce when a certain amount of data is written to the hard disk drive. It becomes difficult for Drive to find all the information or programs you want to access in a timely manner. By defragmenting your hard drive, you are asking the computer to consolidate the information in an area of the drive. This will allow the drive to quickly open the section to find information and write new information faster.
The best way to defragment your hard drive is to use the Microsoft Windows Disk Defragmenter utility. Follow these quick steps to defragment your hard drive.
Method 1: Allow the disk defragmenter to run automatically.
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Widow 10 are built with an updated disk defragmenter utility, which automatically defrags continuously. Unless you have to manually defrag, you don’t have to do anything – just let it go!
If you want to change when disk defragmenter is running, follow these steps:
Select Control Panel, then System and Security.
Click Set Schedule.
Select the schedule you want. Choose a date and time when the computer will turn on, but usually no one is using it. The computer can sleep.
Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter: Edit Schedule Popup Window.
Method 2: Run the disk defragmenter manually.
To run Disk Defragmenter manually, it is usually best to analyze the disk first.
ws buttonSelect Control Panel, then System and Security.
Under Admin Tools, click Defragment your
hard drive.Select the analysis disk. The report you receive will indicate if you need to defragment your disk.
If you need to manually defragment your disk, click Defragment Disk.
The Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter popup window reports the status of the current Disk Analysis report.
After defragmenting, you should experience performance enhancement from your computer.
How to defragment your Windows XP
To access Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP, follow these steps:
3. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now, then click Defragment.
Defragmenting your hard drive isn’t difficult, but unless it’s set up to run automatically, there’s something else to keep in mind. If you want to avoid trouble, upgrade your computer by replacing your hard drive with a solid state drive. Unlike Mac systems, SSDs do not need to be defragmented. They store data in large, continuous blocks so that data is not scattered. Learn how to install SSD on your desktop.
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