How to Defragment a Computer Hard Drive

by 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.

About the Author

Mike Benson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has authored tech guides on eHow as well as product and game reviews on a number of websites. Benson has focused his career in information technology and is educated in COMPTIA A+, electronics, A, B, C networking, search engine evaluation and programming. Benson has a certification of computer fundamentals and literacy.

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