A Disk Defragmenter is a program that is designed to clean up the fragmented parts of your hard drive and improve your hard drive speed and space. Both Windows XP and Windows Vista have disk defragging software built into them. I will show you why you should use them and how.
A Fragmented Hard Drive
Defragging your hard drive is a very important step in hard drive maintenance. Over time your hard drive becomes more and more fragmented.
Windows Vista defines fragmentation as: “Fragmentation happens to a hard disk over time as you save, change, or delete files. The changes that you save to a file are often stored at a location on the hard disk that’s different from the original file. Additional changes are saved to even more locations. Over time, both the file and the hard disk itself become fragmented, and your computer slows down as it has to look in many different places to open a file.”
Disk Defragmenter is a tool that Windows Vista and Windows XP provide to clean up your hard drive. Follow the steps below, to defrag your hard drive and hopefully clean everything up.
Disk Defragmenter on Windows Vista
If you have Windows Vista then doing a Disk Deframentation is easy. By default, Windows Vista runs a disk defragmentation by a schedule. I have mine running weekly each Wednesday, but it is possible to change this.
Just go Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter.
Once it starts up, a program similar to this will start up.
You can modify the schedule for when your disk defragmenter runs, or you can run a defrag now.
Disk Defragmenter on Windows XP
The disk defragging software doesn’t run automatically on Windows XP, so it is recommended that you regularly run a Defragment on your hard drive. To start up this program simply, go Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter.
The program looks like this:
To check whether your hard drive needs a defrag, click the Analyze button.
Once the analysis is finished, it will tell you whether you should defrag or not. It will also give you the option of looking at the report, or for defragging the hard drive.
Once you click defrag then it will look like this. The defrag could take quite a long time, depending on the size of your drive and how often you defrag it. Once it is finished, it will look similar to this:
Congratulations, you are finished this tutorial. Hopefully your hard drive and computer will have improved in speed now. Want to improve the speed of your hard drive more, go to the hard drive maintenance page.