How to Defragment Microsoft Windows 7
In almost all the latest versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, there is a built-in tool named Disk Defragmenter that allows you to defragment the partitions/volumes of the hard disk drive of your computer system.
With the help of this built-in Disk Defragmenter, you can remarkably increase the reading and writing speed of your hard disk drive. This further results in considerably improved overall system performance.
How does the Defragmentation Process Work?
When you initialize the disk defragmentation process, the Disk Defragmenter checks for all the scattered fragments of all the files that are stored in the target partition, checks for the empty contiguous clusters for each file in the partition, and places all the fragments of their respective files in the corresponding contiguous clusters.
When this happens, the reading speed of the hard disk drive increases because the read/write head of the HDD does not have to search for the scattered fragments of the files throughout the whole disk, which is very time consuming process if the case is otherwise.
Tip: Since the system drive of a computer, which in most cases is C:\, plays a vital role in the overall functioning of an operating system, it is strongly suggested that you keep defragmenting at least the C:\ drive (if not other volumes of your hard disk drive of your computer system) on a regular basis. By default Windows 7 is scheduled to automatically initialize the defragmentation process on every Wednesday of the week at 01:00 A.M. However if you want, you can change the default scheduled time as per your preferences.
Simple Way to Defragment Your System
Below are the steps that would guide you through the process of defragmenting a particular volume/partition of a hard disk drive of your computer:
- Log on to the Windows 7 computer with the administrator account.
- Click the Start button.
- From the bottom of the Start menu, in the search box, type DISK DEFRAGMENTER and hit Enter key.
- On the opened Disk Defragmenter box, from the displayed list of available volumes/petitions, click to select the one that you want to defragment. (C:\ is selected for this demonstration.).
- Once selected, click the Defragment disk button.
- Wait till the defragmentation process completes successfully.
- After the process is complete, restart the computer before you start using it normally.
Note: Although with the help of the steps given above you can defragment any volume or partition of your hard disk drive using the built in Disk Defragmenter tool, there are several third-party applications also available in the market that help you defragment the partitions/volumes more quickly and efficiently. However such third-party defragmenters come along with their own price tags.