How to Defrag Your Hard Drive

Disk Fragmentation

Undoubtedly hard drive is the most important component of your PC, your hard drive is where you store all of your important documents and it is a piece of hardware that is in constant use whenever your PC is switched on.

Disk defragmentation is the process of unifying fragmented files on your PC’s drive. Fragmentation happens to a hard disk when you use your PC, install and uninstall the programs, and create and delete the files. For instance, you uninstall a program from your PC; it is removed along with its associated files, leaving the gaps on the drive. Now when you install new program which takes up more space than the deleted one, windows will store it randomly splitting into multiple pieces on your drive – means your file is broken up into a series of small chunks which have to be pieced together whenever it is accessed. Over time both the file and disk becomes fragmented more and more, slowing things down. It is a serious bottleneck to PC performance and you really need a right tool to tackle the problem.

What causes fragmentation?

Fragmentation is a state wherein the data storage is disorganized and unsystematic. There is no continuous or linear space on your hard drive is available, your hard drive is unable to store complete information in a sequential order, so disk takes more time to read the fragmented data back from the hard disk.

There are various reasons why fragmentation happens. It is mostly caused by less free space available – whenever sufficient free space is unavailable to store the entire information, the storage is in parts in the hard disk. Another reason is frequent deletions – often, the unwanted data is deleted from the hard disk. In this process, free gaps are left in between fragmenting the hard disk.

When your Disk is in constant use for storing data, continuous deletions and uninstallations leaves small chunks of free space behind, no space is there for new files to be stored in their entirety, and your PC is compelled to store the data in small chunks of available free space.

All this makes the drive do extra work that slows down your PC. Fragmentation may cause PC slowdown, slow startups and shutdowns, low hard disk storage efficiency and declining performance. And you must defrag and optimize your drive to improve PC performance.

How to Defrag Your Hard Drive?

Advanced System Optimizer’s Disk Optimizer is a perfect tool that can help boost and maintain your Pc performance and take care your PC hard drive for you. You can free download Advanced System Optimizer on your Windows PC, run through the installer and launch the program.

The task of defragging hard drive is pretty simple. On the main screen, you’ll find an option to select the drive you want to defrag – there is drop-down menu from where you can select the drive you want to optimize. Before you start disk analysis and defragmentation process, you may also select the option next to drop down menu – Direct Defrag to skip the disk analysis and directly start the defragmentation process for the selected drive. Select the drive and click “Start Scan Now” to begin analyzing your drive.

Disk Optimizer analyzes each sector of drive displaying you used space, optimized space, unused space and fragmentations on drive.

Once analysis is complete, it displays scan results including approximate figures for the number of fragmented files, the volume of fragmented space, and the current largest volume of space found on the hard disk. Also, you will be informed whether defragging is needed or not.

You can also view disk scan report in detail by clicking “Detailed Report” on result window. After it you can click Defrag to optimize the disk and reorganize the files on your drive, making them more organized and quickly accessible.

Setting a Schedule

One of the easiest ways to keep your PC running smoothly is to regularly defragment your hard drives. Whether it is disk defragmentation or any other Pc maintenance activity, for better results it is regularly recommended. And with a busy schedule and endless distractions, even such essential task like defragmenting your hard drive is easily forgettable. But you can easily make sure to run regular defrags by setting up a schedule which means you do not have to do anything else.

Click Schedule tab and create an automatic drive scan by selecting what time and how often you want to run it. Just select the Daily, Weekly or Run once option and specify a day or time when you know your PC is going to be switched on. You can then choose which drive you want to optimize.

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