Running a Defrag on Your Computer

The numerous computer files that live on your computer can become too much for your computer to handle at times. An easy step to take in order to keep your computer running smoothly is a Windows defragment, or defrag. Ordinary computer files become fragmented all the time and if this condition is left unattended for too long the results can be a slow computer and files that don’t open when requested.

Look at your computer as though it were a filing cabinet. With a filing cabinet, if there are too many files, they can tend to get put in the wrong place or just end up stuffing out everywhere. This is basically how your computer works. The files become too much for the system’s disk drive and they are either filed in various places or broken up and fragmented.

When you run a defrag on your computer, you are in essence refilling everything. A defrag will take any fragmented files and put them back in order saving disk space and helping your computer to run better. You can run a defrag on your Windows operating system based computer in two simple steps:

  1. Click on the start button – then click all programs – then click accessories – then click system tools – then click disk defragmenter
  2. Click where you see ‘Defragment Now’

The process will take a from few minutes up to a few hours to complete and this will all depend on how many defragmented files your computer has. When the defrag is complete you can view the report that is generated and see exactly how much of your computer’s disk space you have saved.

You should defrag you computer on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness. While a defrag alone will not make your computer run at 100 percent, it is part of a well balanced computer maintenance schedule that should be followed periodically.

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