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What is disk defragmentation and how to run it?

What is disk defragmentation and how to run it?In our latest Newsletter we’ve talked about the top 7 computer mistakes you need to avoid making. Many of our Newsletter subscribers have asked us about the disk defragmentation and how they can run it on their computers.

Here’s a quick overview of what disk defragmentation is and how you can run it on your Windows-based computer.

What is disk defragmentation?

The best way to explain the fragmentation process is using a library example. Think of your hard disk like a library, all the books are labelled and organised in an alphabetical order so it’s easy to find the book you’re looking for. Now let’s imagine that something happened inside of the library and all the labels were taken off and books aren’t organised at all. If you now try to look for the book you want it will take you much longer to find it.

This is what happens when your disk gets fragmented. The aim of disk defragmentation is then to reorganise and put together all related files so it’s easier and faster for your computer to access them. Running the disk defrag will positively affect your computer’s performance and you can enjoy a faster PC.

Please note that disk defragmentation can be a long process which may take from a couple of minutes to several hours depending on hard drive size, space used and degree of hard disk fragmentation.

How to run disk defragmentation on my Windows computer?

Windows has its own defrag software and you can follow the steps below to run defragmentation of your hard disk.

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’ button and open ‘Computer’

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Step 2: Right click on ‘Hard Disk/Local Disk (C:)’ and click on ‘Properties’

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Step 3: In ‘Properties’ window click on ‘Tools’ and then ‘Defragment now’

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