How to Defrag NAS Storage

by Stephen Lilley

The term "NAS" is short for "network-attached storage." It is a type of storage drive that is specifically designed to be shared over a wired or wireless network. Just because a drive is on the network doesn't mean that you can't use the native Windows "Disk Defragmenter" tool to defragment it. You just have to do so from the computer to which the network-attached storage drive is physically connected.

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Click "Programs."

Step 3

Click "Accessories."

Step 4

Click "System Tools."

Click "Disk Defragmenter." Click on the listing for the network-attached storage device you want to defragment. Click the "Defragment" button to defrag your network-attached storage drive.


  • Dedicated NAS enclosures generally do not need defragmentation. Consult the manufacturer's instructions to find out when and how to defragment their drives.


About the Author

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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