Improving PC Performance | Disk Defragmentation

There are many things which can be used to speed up your computers performance without actually having to upgrade hardware. One thing that can be done to keep your PC operating at it’s best performance is to defragment your hard drive/s by using the Disk Defragmenter tool.

You can find the Disk Defragmenter tool by going to Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools –> Disk Defragmenter. The disk defragmenter is very simple to use, all you have to do is select the hard drive/s and then click defragment disks or analyse if you want to just check them.

If you defragment your hard drive on a fairly regular basis then you shouldn’t have any issues with fragmented files. However if you have a PC that hasn’t been defragmented for 2 years, then it can slow your PC quite considerably.

Set Up A Schedule

How often your PC needs to be defragmented depends on how often it is used, including how often files are created, edited, moved and removed. For a PC that is used for work and is being used basically 24/7 I would suggest that you defragment at least once every week. If your PC is used less often then I would suggest a minimum of once a month (for any PC).

To set up a schedule for defragmentation open the disk defragmenter as shown below:

disk defragmenter

In the top-right hand corner of the window there is a button for Configure Schedule. Click on it and it will open a window to configure the schedule for defragmentation as shown below.

disk defragmenter schedule

Select the schedule that you want and the disk you want the process to run on and then click OK. Once this has been set up, you won’t have to worry about manually defragmenting your disks and it will be completed automatically.

For other useful tips about improving your PC performance please see the blog page.

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