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Defragmenting Your Hard Drive For Greater Performance

Defragment Your Hard Drive For Greater Performance

Defragmenting your hard drive is an often neglected part of computer maintenance. If you ask most people how to defragment a hard drive they won’t know what you’re talking about.

Defragmenting your hard drive is very important if you want your computer performance not to suffer as you add more and more data to your hard drive. Windows has a handy feature that easy let’s you evaluate your hard drive as to whether it needs to be defragmented or not, and defragment your hard drive as needed.

Although the interface between different versions of windows changes, they all have the same basic premise. You simply need to go to the start menu, accessories, system tools then disk defragmenter. Once in the interface you can choose to analyze the hard drives connected to your computer. The analysis will tell you whether you need to defragment your hard drives or not. If you do, you simply need to select the hard drive from the list and hit defragment.

Disk de-fragmenting does one important task. It moves all the files that are scattered across your hard drive to one chunk of the hard drive making it easier to read and write from, therefore increasing the performance of your computer. Over time most computers scatter data across the whole length of the hard drive making accessing this data more time consuming.

Depending on the size of the hard drive you are defragmenting, this usually takes a long time. As a simple guide an 80GB hard drive will take about an hour. This also depends on the speed of your processor and the amount of RAM you have. You can also perform other operations while defragmenting but it is best to run the defragmentation at a time when you are not using the computer.

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