How to Defragment a Computer Hard Driveby Mike Benson
The Windows operating system is designed to defragment your drive automatically in the background as a scheduled task. However, it is sometimes necessary or warranted to perform a manual defrag. Typically, users may want to defrag their hard drive before and after installing or removing a large program. In other cases, defragmenting is done as part of a regular maintenance routine to ensure optimal drive performance. Access the utility from the Windows Start menu.
Open the Start menu by clicking the "Start" button.
Click "All Programs," then click the "Accessories" folder.
Click the "System Tools" folder.
Click "Disk Defragmenter." This opens the utility.
Click "Defragment Disk." The utility will notify you when it has finished.
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