This article teaches you how to defrag hard drive to boost up your computer speed easily. The function of hard disk defragmentation is to reorganize the files stored at the hard disk into a sequential manner, so that the read/write head can locate the files faster without moving the arm so much.
What Is Hard-Disk defragmentation?
Just imagine your hard disk is a big piece of white paper and the hard disk’s head is your eyes. It is a new hard disk, and so the paper is entirely blank. Now, you wanted to install 3 programs, which are tagged as P1, P2 and P3 into the hard disk. The hard disk will store all the relevant files in order and the hard disk is working perfectly fine and fast.
As time goes by, however, you need to install a new program(P4) and delete the old one(P2). This is when the hard disk got fragmented. Reluctantly, the read/write head’s arm (Your eye) has to move further distance to pick up the information and your computer speed will become sluggish too. So when defragmentation comes in place, it’ll reorganize everything and optimize your computer’s performance as well.
5 Steps To Defrag Your PC Hard Disk
1. Open your “My Computer”.
2. Right click the hard disk drive you want to defrag and select property. (For most of the users, C drive should be defragmented.
3. Select the “Tool Tab”, and click the “Defragment Now” button.
4. Select the required drive again and press “Defragment Disk”.
5. Allow the defragmentation process to run. Once completed, the “Defragmentation is Complete” message will appear and you are done. (If you have not defragged the PC in a long time, it can take a considerable time to run. So, it is advisable to run the defragmentation at the end of the day or before going to sleep.)
Tips: You might have noticed you can actually schedule the defragmentation time, so that your hard disk will defrag itself automatically! In addition to Mac users, Mac OSX is better built to handle fragmentation so it may not necessary to do it manually.