Windows Users – Remember to Defragment your hard drive

Well, I have not been very diligent about this…

When you open Accessories – System Tools – Disk Defragmenter, you can click the Analyze button, to check whether your hard drive needs cleaning up. Hopefully, you get a picture with a lot of blue and white, some green and a minimal amount of red – or, you could get a picture like I did:
Obviously, my hard drive needed to be defragmented – with a vengeance!

Unfortunately, there is also a requirement to have 15% or more of the hard drive free in order for Disk Defragmenter to work correctly. So – as I had less than 15% free on both occasions that I have used this tool, I was not able to get the full benefit from the tool… But it DID improve the situation each time I ran this tool. Running it repeatedly moved files around, improving the situation, even if it is still not ideal.
While it might still look like some kind of Jackson Pollock or Pro Hart art work, if you look carefully, you will see that the first blue section has moved further to the left and there is less colour on the right hand side – all of which means that your files will load faster on your PC – which has to be good!

So – learn from my mistakes – don’t leave it 12 months between times that you run the Disk Defragmenter tool on your hard drive! Backup your files regularly and run the defragmenter about once a month – don’t let your picture get as colourful as this.


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    kiay Says:

    I think with the size of HDDs increasing, its also getting easier by the day to fill them up with average file sizes getting bigger and bigger:) Its amazing to think almost everything in the world now revolves around computers. Its very important to run cleanups and defrags regularly. At our place, the IT guys have implemented automatic defragmentation (with commercial software) on the servers which has simplified the task immensely and also improved the efficiency of the systems. I personally experience slowdowns and boot lags whenever I dont clear out the junk and dont defrag for a long time. So I agree, its not a great idea to postpone this task!

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    Sara Merriman Says:

    One of the things I love about Mac systems is that they don’t need any kind of defragging any more.

    Then again, as the person who just lost their entire mail server, why would anyone listen to me?

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