How to defragment a hard disk in Windows

Hard DriveWhile you are using your computer, files on your hard disk are becoming more and more fragmented. This happens because while saving files, system is trying to fill empty spaces. One file can bi split up in many parts around your hard drive. This slows down file access, system is starting up slower and everything becomes more sluggish.

Solution is to run disk defragmentation program.

Run Disk Defragmentation in Windows

1. Double click on “My Computer” icon on your desktop

2. Right click on hard disk you want to defragment and click on “Properties”

My Computer Disk properties

3. In “Local disk properties” dialog, click on “Tools” tab

Local disk properties

4. Click “Defragment now…” button

5. In “Disk Defragmenter” program click “Defragment” button

Disk Defragmenter

Disk defragmentation can take few hours. Make sure that you have at least 15% free space before defragmenting. Best thing to do is to close all programs, and run defragmentation at night without using your computer.

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