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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Defragment Your Hard Drive

Over time, hard drives become fragmented. Without getting too deep into the technical aspects of disk fragmentation, this basically means files on your hard drive (and there are many, many thousands of them), are stored in many pieces over different parts of your drive. If fragmentation levels are high, your computer has to work harder in retrieving a file, as it needs to read (and write) from many physical places on your hard drive. When a drive has low fragmentation levels, files can be read in a shorter time as the pieces of the file are all in one place (and preferably in order of need). There are also some caching advantages in having your file in one place as well. Again, a boost for performance.
Fortunately, Windows includes a basic de-fragmentation utility. To access this, navigate to the following; Start> Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter. Once the Disk Defragmenter window has opened, select defragment (or analyse if you want a recommendation first)
Note: A disk defragmentation can take hours to complete, so expect your computer to run slower while the defragmentation process is occurring.

As mentioned above, the defragmenter included with Windows is fairly basic without a lot of options. There are many defragmentation utilities from other companies that do a bit more than the standard windows one. If your interested in these, I would suggest you start by going to www.download.com and doing a search on "defragment". A couple of well known ones are "O&O Defrag" and "Diskeeper".

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