Defrag your Hard Disks
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You can defrag your hard drive weekly to avoid errors and make your system in tip top shape. If you run Windows computer these instructions will work for you. Windows has a built in defragmenter program.
Instructions to defragment your hard disk in Windows
- 1Go to my computer by clicking start button then my computer.Advertisement
- 2Go to your drive properties by right clicking on the icon (e.g Local Disk (C:)) and select properties.Advertisement
- 3Go to the tools tabs
- 4Select Defragment now.
- 5Select Analyze fragmentation. This will let you know if you need to defrag your drive.
- 6Click on defragment button. The operation will take a will so make sure you will not use the computer when you decide to do this.
- 7Restart your computer.
Defrag Your Windows 7 Computer
- 1On your Windows 7 computer, just click the Windows logo, or the one that looks like a flag with four colors.Advertisement
- 2Click on "Computer" or "My Computer" in the list of options.
- 3Once you have the page open where you can see Favorites, Documents, Pictures, Videos and any other folders, then right-click on the drive you want to defragment.
- 4Once you have right-clicked the drive you want to defrag, you can left-click "Properties," then go to "Tools" and click "Defragment Now."
- 5On the Disk Defragmenter Windows, select the hard Drive again and click on "Defragment Disk."
- 6Just wait for a couple of minutes until its done.
Additional clean up
Doing a disc clean up on your computer can make it's load time less that usual. Unwanted files must be remove from the computer to avoid heavy load times and of course you won't be able to locate them one by one. This could help your computer to add storage space. Follow the steps below:
- 1Right click on the drive you want to clean up and left click on the properties.
- 2On you have the pop-up window just click on Disk Clean up.
- 3Select the Recycle bin for its destination then click OK.
- 4Click on delete files and wait for the process to complete the defragmentation.
Defragment on a Windows 8 computer
- 1Once you are on the start screen (Charm Window), click the search icon that looks like a magnifying glass, then type "defragment" and enter.
- 2After you press "Enter," it will direct you to the desktop, then a window should pop up. From there, click "Optimize Drive."
- 3Click the drive you want to defrag and click on "Optimize," then wait for the process to complete the defragmentation.
Defragmenting is not necessary in latest versions of Windows unless you recently deleted a lot of files (which leaves holes). However if your computer is running slow with a lot of HD access when you try to get something done then try this:
- 1If defragging fails to speed up your computer, it is likely due to low RAM, which could be due to too many programs loading on startup.
- 2Unfortunately, on a Windows computer the best option is to, every year or two, backup all your data, format your HD, and reinstall Windows fresh. Your computer will work at the same speed as the day you bought it. Of course, this means you have to re-install all your favorite programs again. But this time be careful to install what you need only and stay away from shady free software. Pay special attention in the setup to "add-on" programs that install along with what you wanted to install. These types of programs are usually the cause of many computer slowdowns.