Disk defragmentation helps to boost your computer speed and your laptop battery life. Of course, you may not recognize too much speed deference but it must help. In this tutorial I am going to tell you what is disk defragmentation and how to defrag your computer. It will work for Windows Xp,7,8,10,..
What is disk defragmentation?
Every thing will be stored in Hard drive, When you write any thing or when you copy any data or when you store any data. Computer will not store entire date as a single file. It will split data into multiple data packets. It is called fragmentation. Computer store all these fragmented packets in multiple places of hard disk. Computer may store some packets in middle of hard disk or at the end of hard disk.
When you retrieve data, or when you want to read data, computer will search for all the packets in hard drive and accumulates packets into a single file. So it takes some time to search hard disk so that computer will become slow. While computer searching for packets in hard disk, hard disk has to spin for long time. So it consumes battery also.
When you run disk defragmentation, computer will collect all packets for particle file and arrange them in a sequence by removing empty places. So that it will retrieve date quickly. So that it will speed up computer and saves battery. You can see more details about disk defragmentation through this Microsoft support topic.
Should I use disk defragmentation software?
No. You don’t have to use any free or premium software to defrag hard disk. Because All versions of Windows has built in tool to defrag computer.
Windows 7 and later versions run disk defragmenter tool automatically once in a week. You need not do any thing. If you want, you can check status and you can change frequency.
I have SSD Drive, Should I defrag?
No. You should not use disk defragmentation when you have SSD drives. SSD s are not spinning like HDD. That is why SSD drives are fast compare to HDD.
How to use disk defragmentation tool in Windows XP,7,8 or later
Press Windows + R. You will see Run dialog. type dfrg.msc and hit enter. You will see a window shows that in below screenshot.
Go to Start -> Control Panel ->Click System and Security -> Click Defragment your hard drive (under Administrative Tools). You will see a window shows that in below screenshot.
Windows 8 or Later
window 8 and later versions has search feature. Just search with the word Defragment. You will see Defragment and optimize drives app. Click on that you will see below screen.
When you want to defrag your computer manually, First select any drive. click on Analyze. It will show percentage. If you get less than 10%, you need not to defrag. If it is greater than 10%, click on Optimize. It will defrag your computer. It takes some time, depends on your files. some times it may take some hours.
When you want to check status, you can see under Scheduled optimization in bottom left. Here you can check your automatic optimization frequency.
When you want to change settings click on Change settings. You will see below screen.
Make sure you have checked Run on a schedule to work it automatically. You can change frequency to daily or Weekly or Monthly by clicking on arrow mark right to Frequency. Click on Choose. You will see another window shows that in above screen. Make sure you have selected all drives.
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