How to defragment a hard drive

Years ago, the process of defragmenting a hard drive was something that every computer user had to get used to if he really wanted his system to stay fast and optimized.

Over the years, technology has evolved to the point that current hard drives called SSDs, based on Flash memory, no longer have the same needs as those considered mechanical disks. Next, we tell you everything you need to know about defragmenting disks.

What is defragmentation?

As its term indicates, it is about canceling the possibility that the data may be fragmented on the hard disk. As the files are saved, rewritten or deleted from a unit, small packets of information end up being deposited in random places.

In a traditional mechanical hard disk, these files take longer to be found, since the read head has to move to multiple plates or sections of the disk, instead of reading the sectors consecutively.

The defragment process means that the files are rejoined in a single place. The data is compacted, so that the operating system eliminates the gaps between the stored files, improving the speed of the PC or laptop.

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Should I defragment my hard drive?

If your PC has an SSD installed, instead of a mechanical hard drive, then the answer is no mistake. The defragmentation process will not help the team go faster, and you can reduce the useful life of the unit.

The latest versions of Windows, those already released in the era of SSD drives, automatically execute the routines of optimization of SSDs, so you can let everything run its course and you won't have to worry about additional actions.

In the event that you still have a PC with a mechanical hard disk, then you must carry it out. It goes without saying that our recommendation is to install an SSD, since performance changes like night and day.

Most likely, you will notice the biggest difference in terms of system login times, although the execution of certain applications will also be especially beneficial.

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How to defragment a hard drive in Windows 7

Click on the Start button and then select All Programs> Accessories. Then choose System Tools> Disk Defragmenter. Most likely, the team will ask you to enter your administrator password before starting the process.

It takes a while for the disk defragmenter to finish the process, possibly even hours to complete, but you can use your PC in the meantime for the duration of the defragmentation process.

How to defragment a hard drive in Windows 8?

If you have a hard drive, the PC, the laptop or the Windows 8 tablet will be defragmented by default every week, thanks to the scheduled task of Optimizing the drives.

If so far you have not changed any configuration, you should not defrag manually. But if you are not sure and want to verify its status, open the search (Windows + Q or swipe from the right and open the search option).

Now write Defragment. One of the results is Defragment and optimize your units. Select this option. You see a list of existing hard drives, type of media, when they were defragmented for the last time and their current status.

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You can always resort to checking their status. Position on the desired unit and click on it with the right mouse button. A series of tabs will open between which you will find the one of Tools. Press and access Optimize and defragment unit.

How to defragment a hard drive in Windows 10

The process with this version of the operating system is very similar to that of Windows 8. Click on the Start menu and then look for defragmentation. You should see a Defragment and optimize units option.

Windows will show you a list of your current drives. SSDs will show you information about the number of days since they were last optimized, while traditional hard drives will show the amount of fragmentation as a percentage.

We can always use the option of Analyze Unit. As a general rule, units that are more than 10% fragmented should be optimized. Select the unit and click Optimize.

From this moment, you can go to make a coffee or tea while Windows is responsible for optimizing the unit of your computer. It is a process whose execution time can vary between a few minutes and some time. The system will indicate the estimated time.

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