Methods to defragment a hard drive on a Windows® system
What is the need to defragment a hard drive on a Windows system? What are the steps involved?
Defragmentation is a process in which files are joined and rearranged so that they are stored in continuous fashion. Defragmentation increases the performance of a system. This process increases processing speed of the system and prevents errors. Defragmentation reduces the time taken to access data and storage will be done efficiently. The fragmentation process slows down a system and uses large amounts of space to store files. The main purpose of defragmentation is to reunite all fragmented files and create a large amount of free space, using the process of compacting. Thus, by defragging you can have a lot of free space to save new files in an organized manner.
Methos involved for defragmenting a hard drive on a Windows system:
- Need of defragmentation
- Method to defragment
- Tips to remember
Need of defragmentation
When you increase the fragmentation process, the system becomes slow and sluggish, since data is fragmented and so time taken will be more while accessing data. Defragmentation process arranges files so that they can be easily retrieved. By defragmenting, you can even increase the free space on your system, thereby making your system fast and efficient.
Method to defragment
In order to defragment, you need to select ‘All Programs’ option from Start menu. Then after selecting 'Accessories' you need to click on ‘System Tools’ option. Now you need to click 'Disk Defragmenter' option and in the corresponding drive window click on ‘Settings’ option. Click on 'Rearrange program files so my programs start faster' and 'check the drive for error' check boxes and click ‘Ok’ to complete the defragmentation process.
It is recommended to defragment your system often and early, so that there will be plenty of space on drives and key files of a system can be stored in an arranged fashion. You need to remember to delete unused files from time to time so that there will be more free space, and as a result programs will run faster. You can reduce the time taken for the defragmentation process by removing temporary and unused files so that the number of files needed to be defragmented becomes less, allowing you to finish the process faster.
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