How to Defragment Your Hard Drive

Computer slowing down? There are many reasons why this happens to your computer. If it does, you just have to pray it’s just one of those easily-solvable issues like a fragmented hard drive.

Don’t get bothered by a term like “fragmented.” It’s just one of those simple nuisances that get solved pretty easily.

Just think of fragmentation as clutter. When you put in or create new data into your hard drive, your computer looks for an empty space to put it in. When the data can’t fit in one of the empty spaces, your computer would look for the next available space and, if the data fits, they get stored there. This process repeats every time data is stored. As a result, your hard drive’s space can have data scattered all over with random empty spaces. Because of this clutter, your computer would have a hard time processing data.

Good thing, a fragmented hard drive can easily be resolved, For this purpose, you need an application called a disk defragmenter. Guess what it does?

Windows has its own defragmenter hiding in the Start Menu -> Programs -> Applications -> System Tools. Just select a hard drive or partition to defragment and click on that button to bringing order to hard drive chaos. Defragmenting may take a while depending on your hard drive’s capacity and the amount of data stored in there.

Some may not believe in defragmenting especially with the newer, faster, and larger-capacity hard drives available today. Mac even boasts that defragmenting Mac hard drives has little effect on improving performance. Mac OS X apparently optimizes data stored in the computer for you.

Logically, defragmenting does help. Plus, nothing beats the satisfaction of an organized and fragment-free hard drive. Defragmenting once a month can be a healthy maintenance schedule.

Try defragmenting your hard drive if you experience slow down in performance. Who knows? You just might need to clean up that clutter.