In this post, We will explain what is defragging? and How to defragment a hard drive.
So lets’ start with What is defrag?
Performing defragmentation on Hard drive once in a while is an important concern-in principle, at least. Computer writes data on a spinning disc. This data may get saved on non-consecutive parts of the disc. This means, a section of file may be written near the beginning of the disc while the rest of the part may be written near the end. When the computer wants to read the data from the disk, it takes a bit of time, this is because the computer spends time gathering the files from all over the disc.
You may have experienced that when you first buy a computer, it runs smoothly and quickly. But as you go on installing applications, download videos etc. you notice that the computer becomes slow. This is because when the disc is new, any data written on it gets placed on a contagious block. So when the OS needs to read the data, it takes time and that is one of the reason your laptop or PC slows down. By defragmenting the packets of data, the operating system removes the gaps between data packets and moves it all closer to the disc. This process improves the speed of Windows by unnoticeable amount but helps the most when it comes to startup process.
SEE ALSO: How to Increase Performance of Computer.
Who Should Perform Defragmentation?
If you have a laptop or PC with solid state drive then YOU SHOULD NOT PERFROM defragementation because it will reduce the life of your SSD. For those who have Windows 7, to perform defragmentation is a worth. But don’t except miracle here. It is a gradually improving process. Windows 7 users will notice a bigger change in startup as compared to Windows 8 users. This is because, Windows 8 is built to go to sleep rather than shut down.
How to Defragment a Hard Drive in Windows 7?
Click Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> dfrgui(Disk Defragmenter)
You might need to put your Administrator password. Then hit Defragment Disk.
That’s it. Defragmentation may take hours to complete but it wont affect your current work so you can carry on with your stuff.
How to Defragment a Hard Drive in Windows 8?
If your Windows 8 has a hard drive then it will automatically schedule to perform defragmentation task every week. So, if have not changed the default settings of your OS then you don’t need to always manually defrag. But if you are not sure or want to manually perform defragmentation, open Search. Now type in ‘Defragment and Optimize Your Drives’. Select this.
You will come across a dialog that will list the hard drives in your PC or laptop, thier media types, when they were fragmented and how fragmented they are. Only disks that are fragmented will be shown. To determine if your hard disks need fragmentation you have to click the Analyze Disk button. This will upadate the Current Status/Progress column. Confirm your choice. Again, this will take some minutes or an hour, and you can continue with your work.
How to Defrag Manually?
Step 1: Open My Computer
Step 2: Right click on the drive you wish to perform defragmentation
Step 3: Go to Properties
Step 4: Select the Tools tab
Step 5: Select the option Defragment Now.
How to Configure Disk Defragmenter Schedule?
Step 1: Click on Configure Schedule.
Step 2: Confirm if there is a checkmark next to Run On Schedule, if not check mark it.
Step 3: Select the frequency at which you want to perform disk defragmentation (Daily, Weekly, Monthly).
Step 4: Select the day of the week and time.
Step 5: Select the disk you wish to defragment and finally click OK.
Your computer will then defrag regularly on the day and time you’ve selected for the schedule.
To defragment a hard drive is definitely a good thing and not a bad thing. For Windows, if startup is still a problem then you should check out our other post on how to improve performance of your computer. But first, let us know what you think.