How to Defrag a Computer in Windows 7

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Hard drives today are larger than ever. The potential for files to get fragmented over a terabyte drive is great. Defragmenting your hard drive keeps your hard drives running at the most optimum levels.

  • Click Start | Control Panel | System and Security | Administrative Tools | Defragment Your Hard Drive. Alternatively, you can click the "Start Orb" and type "defrag" in the instant search field. "Disk Defragmenter" appears in the list for you to select.

  • Click "Analyze Disk" to check if your hard drive needs to be defragmented. Once the disk is analyzed, you are given the percentage of defragmentation.

  • Click "Defragment disk" to defrag the hard drive in question.

  • Click "Configure Schedule" to perform defragmentation on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

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