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Published on September 25th, 2014 | by Technable


Should You Defragment Your PC?

Almost everyone one of you knows what defrag means when it comes to the computer terminology. But how many of you know what it actually means? It’s very simple. Defragmentation is the process of speeding up your computer. How does it speed up your computer? Let’s see, the process decreases the amount of fragmentation on your hard drive, this is done by physically organising the content you have on your hard drive so it can store files into the smallest number of neighboring regions. Another thing that defragmentation does is it tries to create larger regions of free space, this is done by using compression and to prevent the any fragmentation from coming back.

So the main question in concern is, should you defragment your hard drive or not? Well, this again leads to several debates. If your PC is being sluggish, you can give it a shot, but don’t expect any miracles. There are chance it might work, and there are chances you might not notice anything. However, doing so will definitely improve the life of your hard drive. Though do keep in mind that if you are running a SSD (Solid State Drive) then it is strongly advised against defragmentation as it will only lower the life of your drive.

As long as your PC is running a normal hard drive that comes with spinning diss, you are good to go. Speaking strictly from personal experience, I’ve never noticed any improvements after defragmenting my hard drive. Yes, if you have an old PC, you might find a notable difference. Users have reported that the difference on Windows 7 is more prominent than the difference we get to see on Windows 8 and further.

Anyways, if you are willing to give this a try, the process is very simple and it can be safely said that almost all of you know how to defragment a hard drive. But for some less fortunate souls, the steps are given below. The steps cover defragmentation on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How To Defragment on Windows 7.

To defragment your hard drive on a PC running Windows 7, you would first have to open the Start Menu, once you have opened it, you would need to go to All Programs, then Accessories. Once you are in the Accessories, you would have to go for Disk Defragmenter. Click it, you wlll be asked for administrative rights, just grant it the access and the defragmentation process will begin. Do know that the process time depends on how large your hard drive is and how much data is stored on it. You can freely use your PC while it undergoes the process. Though you should know that the experience might be a little slower.

 How To Defragment on Windows 8/8.1.

Microsoft changed a lot of stuff in the Windows 8, some for the good and some for the worse. However, once you get a hold of it, things start to get really easy. To be honest, Windows 8 or 8.1 doesn’t really need defragmentation since it comes with a built in scheduler that defragments your drive every once in a week. However, if you are still inclined towards defraging it yourself. It is a pretty straightforward method. All you need to do is go to the Charms menu and click on Search or simply press Windows key + Q. The search bar will appear, there, you would need to type ‘Defragment’ once you type the word, you will be presented with ‘Defragment and optimise your drives’ you can then click on it.

A Window will open, and in the window, all your drives will be listed. The window will also showed the last time it was defragmented and the state of the drive. From there, you can defragment your drive, analyse your drive, change the schedule of Drive Optimisation. It will also show you the percentage of fragmentation in a device. So if you device has over 10 percent of fragmentation, then do defragment it. Anything below that is a safe bet and won’t do any harm to your computer or your hard drive. Here is how the window will look, you see, in my case. Every drive is completely free of any fragmentation.

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From there, you can simply highlight any drive and then analyse or optimise it. Just like the previous defragmentation, this will take some time but you can use your PC while the process undergoes.

That’s all for today, folks. Hope this helped and explained about the defragmentation and why it isn’t such a big deal. Stay tuned.


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