Hard Drive Defragment now that is geeky... Maybe not.
Do NOT use this program on a SSD (Solid
State Drive) it will corrupt the data to a point where you
will have to remove all the partitions to gain control of the drive!
Fragmentation? What is it? Why do I care? How do I use this program?
File fragmentation of your volume's file structure will cause poor
performance when you start your computer, cause it to react slowly when you try
to open a file or an application.
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Operating System is one of the free things you can to increase your computers
performance, doing defragment for your data is a monthly maintenance plan that
keeps that performance at its best.
occurs on a daily basis. It will occur anytime you write a file. The
amount of fragmentation will depend on how much free space you have on your hard
A hard drive that has very little open space will have a higher amount of
file fragmentation than say a almost new drive.
When you save a file to your hard drive it is written to what is called
that is block a, block b, block c, and so on.
Block size will depend on what Operating System
was used to create the partition and then format the hard drive, normally it is
4096 Bytes per block but can be as large as 64 K Bytes per block.
But if your
hard drive is low on space then the file system can not always write your file
to contagious blocks.
This causes the slow down in your performance
because the file system has to find empty block to write your file and when you
want to open the file it has to go find all the blocks that the file was written
get the most out of your hard drive you need to defragment your hard drive
either on a schedule or when you notice a degrading of performance.
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You can use the built in Hard Drive Defragment or you can purchase a third party product. For a
Windows Operating System the built in defragmenter program will work just fine.
(Read the warning at the top of this
Depending on the size of the drive and how fragmented it is will determine how
long it will take to combine all of your files.
Before you start the
defragment program you should go to the temp folders and delete all the files
there, they are useless unless you have a program open and there is a file in
the temp folder for the application to use until you save it.
If you are getting the "Disk Cleanup" warning you need to delete the temp
files before you defrag your hard drive.
(search for "temp" folders, delete all contents.)
You should run
the program in the 'Safe Mode', restart your
system, press F6 or F8 when the Windows startup screen
is displayed, select 'Safe Mode' from the menu.
You should run your
anti-virus and anti-spyware programs before doing the defragment. Empty the temp
To start the Hard Drive Defragment go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System
get the best defragment
close all programs, email, word doc
processor, all of them. You may want to run the program after your business day
and let it run over night, some times on a really fragmented drive it will take
a couple of hours or more to complete the task)
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Once it is started select the volume in the top window, then right click and
run the analyze volume. Once the analysis is complete then let the program
defrag the volume. You should see a performance boost when you have completed
Note: The blocks
red, these are fragmented files, the
block represents unmovable system files, the
blocks represent files that are not fragmented.
Tip: You should run the Hard Drive Defragment periodically this will
preclude performance problems from the file system.
About the time it takes to defragment a drive:
When you run defrag on a system the time for competition depends on:
a) How big the drive is, the bigger the
drive the longer it will take
b) How fragmented the drive is, if the drive
is highly fragmented it will take a long time.
c) How many open programs you have, open
programs will delay the completion of the process. (see note above!)
If you have a drive larger than 750 gig and has
not been defragged before or it has been a long time since defragging it the
process will take a long time, I have seen it run over 24 hours on larger drives.
As drives approach 6 Tetra Bytes (TB) in capacity it is extremely important
to do a
Hard Drive Defragment on a schedule, once the
drive or partition is fragmented it will take a
very long time to combine all the files
making the access to those files faster.