Defragmenting your computer's hard drive is one way to speed up your computer's response time. Defragmenting is the process of restoring order to a hard disk by retrieving scattered pieces of files and putting them back together.
Fragmented Hard Drive
Windows arranges files and programs wherever there is room on a hard drive. As files are used by Windows, the drive becomes littered with thousands of pieces of files fragmented to fit in many different locations on the drive. This can slow down a computer's response time because it has to scan the entire drive to open a single file.
Windows Disk Defragmenter
Windows comes with a utility called Disk Defragmenter, which rearranges the fragments on your hard drive into complete files. Disk Defragmenter can be found by clicking through "Start," "Programs," "Accessories" and "System Tools."
Analyzing Your Drives
Disk Defragmenter displays all the hard disks available for defragmentation. Click on the disk you wish to defragment, then click "Analyze." The program will take a moment to analyze your hard drive to determine the degree of fragmentation.
After it has analyzed the drive, Disk Defragmenter will tell you whether you need to defragment the drive. If is says you do not need to defragment the drive, you can analyze another drive or close the program.
If Disk Defragmenter suggests that you defragment the drive, click on the "Defragment" button. The process can take a few hours, depending on the size of the hard disk and the degree of fragmentation. It might a good idea to let the program run overnight.
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