When you’re using a Windows PC, perhaps you would see an application that would “Defragment” the system. What is defragmenting anyway? In basic terms, it means what it sound like – it is a reversal of the fact that data gets fragmented within your system’s hard disk. Over time, whenever data is save, or resaved, or deleted on your computer, there are small packets of information that are sent and deposited in random places all over the hard drive. Hence, whenever you try to go about your work (or other things), it might take a while for the computer to find the necessary pieces. Therefore, defragmenting will allow the files that were split into smaller chunks to be put back together in one place. This would then result in faster processing speeds, and of course, a cleaner system.
How to Defragment Your Windows Computer
When you want to defragment your hard drive using a Windows 7 computer, here’s what you need to do. First of all, click on the Start button, then select All Programs, then head on to Accessories. Afterwards, choose System Tools, then go to Disk Defragmenter. You will then be prompted to allow administrator access to open the application. Once you’re in the application, simply highlight the drives that you want to be defragmented and hit on the Defragment disk button. And that’s it – just wait for the everything to complete and you’re good to go.
For Windows 8 machines, it will most probably defragment itself by default once every week. This is thanks to a default task called Optimize Drives. Therefore, if you haven’t changed any settings, then you need not manually defrag the system. However, if you are not sure and you want to manually do it, open Search then type in “Defragment.” You will see a result that says “Defragment and optimize your drives.” Select this then you should see a dialog box that is similar to the Windows 7 operating system. Hence, all you need to do is highlight the drives then click on Optimize.
As for Windows 10 computers, the process for defragmenting is quite similar to that of Windows 8. What you need to do is click on the Start Menu, then search for defragment. Once you see the results, click on Defragment and Optimize Your Drives. Once again, that similar window will pop up. Highlight the drives that you want to be defragmented then click on Optimize.
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