Improve performance by defragmenting your hard disk

Improve performance by defragmenting your hard disk
The computer disk becomes fragmented, and occurs with use over time such as a month or a couple months – depending on how heavily it is used, as daily, etc. Generally, defragging the disk can be performed like once a season or once a month depending on usage. Over time, usage will kind of scatter locations of various file parts across the disk until it takes even that extra time to do things – a few nano seconds all the way up to an actual actual couple seconds even. Running the defragging of the disk moves all files back to where they should be, and now a tight disk with improved performance. Kind of like an automobile fan belt getting a little loose and not charging the battery well enough fast enough, and even the engine heating a little more.

Improve performance by defragmenting your hard disk
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Improve-performance-by-defragmenting-your-hard-disk
“Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your hard disk can work more efficiently. Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule, but you can also defragment your hard disk manually.
Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking Disk Defragmenter. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Click Defragment Now.
Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish [Takes about 20 to 40 minutes usually], depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. You can still use your computer during the defragmentation process.”

(Takes about 20 to 40 minutes usually)

It has been my experience from Windows XP through Windows 8 that the built in Windows Disk Defrag utility works best and safest. This is found at….
Start > All Programs > Windows Accessories > System Tools > Defrag
…..there is no need to install one. Tech persons may have actually not known that, you would be surprised, and actually install a free one and run it. In this particular case – defragging the disk – we do NOT recommend using any other defrag utility software other than the built-in Windows defragger!

If you are on Windows Vista, the default is that the defrag runs automatically and is best left as such for Vista. You can manually run a defrag of the disk anytime by clicking the shortcut link in the Start Menu above shown.

ALSO you can access this by clicking My Computer on the Start Menu and then when the C Local Disk icon appears – you right click that for the menu and click Properties. Then click Tools Tab (up top tabs). This has the several maintenance options to perform a Disk Defrag and you can first click Analyze the Disk (for the need to defrag it) and is quick – in a moment or two. This will show you the degree of present defragmentation on the disk and may also display that “A defrag of this disk is not neccessary” if it is nominal fragmentation.

There, too, you can perform a disk check for “Volume Errors” which is a disk check run to “Scan For and Attempt to Correct” any bad areas of the sectors automatically and safely. Sometimes this will correct some major boo-boos going on in the system areas and files.

SEE
The How-To Geek Guide to Using Check Disk in Windows 7 or Vista
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/guide-to-using-check-disk-in-windows-vista/
The chkdsk or “Check Disk” utility is used in Windows to scan through your entire hard drive … This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts …

(Choose “Scan For and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors – and it runs right now and takes about 5 minutes. You can schedule it to perform on the next start up of the computer and it will run at start up showing results in black screen and Don’t Touch anything, as when done will automatcally start the PC as normal when done in about 2-5 minutes. It shows you the progress. For this click “Automatically Fix File System Errors” )

How to perform disk error checking in Windows XP – Microsoft …
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
Discusses how to check your hard disk drive for errors in Windows XP.

Summary
Chkdsk (Chkdsk.exe) is a command-line tool that checks volumes on your hard disk drive for problems. The tool then tries to repair any problems that it finds. For example, Chkdsk can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and directory errors. To use Chkdsk, you must log on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.

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