How to Defrag a Network Drive

by Garrett Genet

Regularly defragmenting your hard drives keeps them in top working condition. A hard drive becomes fragmented when over the course of time the information stored on it becomes scattered throughout the disk. When you defragment a drive, you rearrange the drive so that all files relating to a specific task or program are located close together; this prevents the system from having to scan the entire disk for the data it needs.

Log into the computer sharing the drive.

Open your "Start" menu and select "All Programs."

Click "Accessories" then "System Tools."

Click "Disk Defragmenter."

Select the network drive and click "Defragment disks."

About the Author

Hailing from upstate New York, Garrett Genet has been writing articles from tech to health to entertainment since 2001. He's been published in the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette" and websites like "" and "". Genet has a degree in network security & system administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.