How to Defrag a Network Drive

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Regularly defragmenting your hard drives keeps them in top working condition. A hard drive becomes fragmented when over the course of time the information stored on it becomes scattered throughout the disk. When you defragment a drive, you rearrange the drive so that all files relating to a specific task or program are located close together; this prevents the system from having to scan the entire disk for the data it needs.

  • Log into the computer sharing the drive.

  • Open your "Start" menu and select "All Programs."

  • Click "Accessories" then "System Tools."

  • Click "Disk Defragmenter."

  • Select the network drive and click "Defragment disks."

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