How to Run Disk Defragmenter in Windows 7

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Disk Defragmenter is a utility in Windows that allows you to repair fragmented files. When you download, modify, save or delete files, parts of them are fragmented all over your operating system. A fragmented disk slows the overall performance of your disk by forcing it to work hard to load files. Boost your Windows 7 computer's speed and performance by performing a disk defragmentation process.

  • Close all open programs in Windows 7 before starting the Disk Defragmenter tool.

  • Click the "Start" menu and highlight "All Programs." Scroll up the menu, select "Accessories" and select "System Tools." Click "Disk Defragmenter" to launch the utility.

  • Click the "C:" drive in the "Disk Defragmenter" dialog box. If you want to defragment an external hard drive, connect it to your computer and select it.

  • Click the "Analyze" button. Windows 7 analyzes your drive and determines if it necessary to defragment it.

  • Click the "Defragment disk" button if Windows 7 gives you a green light to defragment your hard drive. Monitor the defragmentation process in the "Current status area" under the "Progress" column.

  • Click the "View Report" button if you want to view detailed information about the defragmented disk or partition.

Tips & Warnings

  • You should analyze a volume before defragmenting it to get an estimate of how long the defragmentation process will take

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