Hard Disks on some operating systems, such as Windows, become fragmented as files are written, moved, or deleted. Fragmented files use up more room on your disk and can slow down your system, so we recommend that you defragment your disk on a monthly basis. If done on a regular basis, the process does not take more than several hours.Note: if your computer is running Mac OS X, you will not need to defragment your hard drive; the operating system performs a defragmentation on every startup.
There are several methods that can be used to defragment your hard drive. These can be located using Windows Help and Support, and performing a search on defragmentation.
- Close all applications, including those that are running in the background, such as internet connections, anti-malware software, etc.
- Double click on “My Computer” , and right-click on the hard drive you want to defragment.
- Choose “Properties”.
- Choose the Tools tab and then click the “Check Now”; button. This will check your volume for physical errors to your drive.
- Select the “Check disk options” you want to access, and click on Start. This will fix any file system errors, and can locate any bad sectors on your drive. This process may take several hours.
- When your machine has finished, go back to the tools panel.
- Click the “Defragment Now” button.
- Click the “Defragment” button and let the machine work. The time this takes will depend on how fragmented the disk has become and the size and speed of the disk. It may take several hours to defragment a large highly-fragmented disk.
After you have completed the defragmentation, return your system to its previous state by turning the background software back on. This can easily be done by restarting your system.