Maintenance: Defragging Your Hard Drive
Recommended Frequency: Once a Month
Estimated Time: One Hour
Your hard drive’s data can get fragmented over time. Think of it like a parking lot, with cars parked throughout and many empty spaces between them. Defragging packs the data closer together and improves the time it takes your PC to find it. Here’s how to do it.
In Windows XP, click Start, then My Computer. Right-click the main hard drive (usually C:) and click Properties. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now, then click Defragment.
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the Windows Button, then click All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, then Disk Defragmenter.
The defragmenting or defragging process could take awhile, depending on how large your hard drive is. When it’s done, restart your PC. You’ll notice an instant speed improvement!
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