It doesn’t matter how meticulous you are with your files, when your computer is in operation, many of your files become fragmented. So, it is a good idea every so often to perform a Windows defragment, or a defrag for short.
Fragmented Files Defined
Fragmented files are files that are normal and are stored in multiple places on the hard drive of your computer. These locations are known as sectors and what happens is a file may be too large for just one sector so it has to get stored on multiple. Over time, these files will get so scattered that pulling them up is all but impossible as the computer has to search all over for the complete file. This in turn slows the hard drive and makes your computer less reliable.
What a Windows Defragment Does
When you conduct a Windows defragment you are, in essence, doing some much needed house cleaning. Your disk defrag will reorganize all of your files for you and place them on your hard drive using as little space as possible. The end result is a faster running hard drive and files that can be retrieved with much greater ease.
How to Conduct a Windows Defragment
In order to conduct a Windows Defragment, you can use Disk Defragmenter, which comes free with all Microsoft Windows operating systems. Here’s the process:
- Click on Start – All Programs – Accessories – Systems Tools – Disk Defragmenter
- Click ‘Defragment Now’
That’s it. Your Windows defragment may take several minutes or several hours depending on how much defragmentation has to be done to your hard drive. Once the defrag is finished, you can view a report if you wish to see how much space you have saved on your computer.