Disk defragmentation is an important practice to give any system a smart run and it should be executed once in a while on a system’s hard drive. In order to improve hard drive performance of your PC, Windows 10 comes with an astonishing built-in tool that helps you defrag all the fragmented files.
Why defrag your hard drive
- To re-assign saved data in an optimized manner
- Access your data quickly and easily
- Helps your computer stay at top speeds
- To keep your PC run more efficiently
Check if your systems hard drive is fragmented or not. Follow the step-to-step guide below to defrag your hard drive.
- Open Start Menu and type Defragment and Optimize Drives and hit Enter
- Choose the hard drive you need to optimize from the appeared list and click Analyze
Note: Before defragging your hard drive, you always need to analyze if that particular drive requires optimization or not. If result displays less than 10% fragmented then perhaps there is no need to optimize it.
- After analyzing if you feel the drive needs defragmentation then click Optimize button
- Once the process finish, a screen will appear showing 0% fragmented
Note: The time taken by the whole process varies according to number of files available, size of the drive and fragmented files.
You can also schedule this optimization process as per your need. By default, maintenance process has been automatically repeated every week on your hard drive, but as per the condition or usage of your system, Windows 10 provides an option to set the frequency as you desire.
To modify or change the schedule for optimization, follow the steps below:
- Go to Optimize Drives window and click Change Settings
- From here, modify the frequency to: Daily, Weekly or Monthly
- Now select the Choose button on Drives and select the drives you want to follow the new schedule
- Click OK and you are done with schedule modification
So if you don’t want to mess up your system with scattered files that make your PC slow then timely defrag your hard drives. Otherwise, accessing any data will possibly become slower and inefficient.
Keep in mind that these optimization options are only valid for traditional rotating platters hard drives. To defrag solid-state drives, there is no need to follow any steps as these kinds of drives do not need any defragmentation.