How to defrag your hard drive and speed up computer’s performance
Why should you defrag your hard drive and what exactly defragging is? Here you can find the answers and get how to defrag the hard drive.
As we all know, a file is something whole, a photo, a video, a song or any other file. But not all files are written into the hard drive as the whole thing. They can be divided into lots of small fragments. This happens when some places are not large enough to store a single whole file, in order to make full use of the spaces, the file data will be stored in different places. Then drive head may need to run around the entire platter to read that file. This would cause your computer to run slow down since it takes longer to read a fragmented file compared to a contiguous one. To speed up computer’s performance, you should defrag your hard drive all the time.
Defragging is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in file systems. It will put all divided data of the file together and make the file contiguous. Then the drive head doesn’t have to run around the entire platter to read a single file.
Here is how to defrag your hard drive on Windows 8.
1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap search.
2. Enter Defragment in the search box, and tap Defragment and optimize your drives.
3. Under Status, tap or click the drive you want to defrag.
4. To determine if the drive needs to be optimized, tap or click Analyze.