How to Defragment Your Hard Drive in Windows 10
Over time some of your files get fragmented. This can cause your computer to become slower than usual. This is because your computer then has to find each fragment of that file when trying to open it. You should not need to defragment your hard drive if it is an SSD (Solid State Drive). When this happens on a non-SSD drive, you will need to defragment your hard drive. After defragmenting, your computer should run more efficiently.
How Can I Defragment My Hard Drive?
The first thing you will need to is open the Windows start menu, by pressing the Windows key. Type “Defragment” in the search bar, and hit the Enter key.
This should bring up the “Optimize Drives” window. Choose the hard drive you need to defragment, and click the analyze button. This will analyze the hard drive for fragments. Once it is done analyzing the hard drive, it will tell you what percentage of the drive is fragmented, or show what percentage has been analyzed. If this value is lower than 5% fragmented it would not be necessary to defragment the drive. If this value is above 5% fragmented, you should defragment the drive by clicking the “Optimize” button.
Now simply wait for the optimization to be finished with the hard drive. Afterwards, your hard drive fragmentation should be at least lower or at 0%.
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