How To Defragment Your Hard Drive In Windows 10

    Defragment, put simply means reorganizing all of the data that is present on your hard drive so that all related pieces are strung together and lined up in a continuous manner. In this article, we will lecture you on how to defragment your Hard Drive in Windows 10.

    As time goes by while using your PC, fragments of data that make up a file tends to get dispersed into various locations around the surface of your hard disk. This is what is known as Fragmentation. The solution to this is to defragment your hard drive so that the dispersed blocks can be moved back to their original location.

    This prevents delays in read-times or loading time when accessing data on the disk.
    Recent technological advancement has made defragmenting your PC a void necessity.

    Regardless, it hurts no one to make sure your drives are operating most efficiently. External hard disks could be defragmented also by connection to a USB.

    Defragment Your Hard Drive In Windows 10

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    Defraging Your Hard Drive in Windows 10.

    • Go to “Disk Optimization” and click on it to open. You can search for “optimize” in the search bar.
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    • Click on your Hardrive and select “Analyze”. Note that if you have a SSD, this option is grayed out and not available.
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    • Confirm the percentage of fragmented files in the results.
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    There’s no hard and fast rule about how fragmented your drive should be before you defrag it.

    You might want to keep your fragmentation percentage under 5% or so, however, so that the defragmentation process doesn’t take too long to finish.

    • If you want to defragment your drive, click Optimize. It’s best to do this when you don’t need to use your computer for anything else, so you can let Windows defragment the drive efficiently.
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    When Windows is done, your drive should say 0% fragmented in the Optimize Drives utility.

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    Solid State Drive: How to TRIM The SSD

    All the steps above only works for hard drives. They can’t work for Solid State Drives (SSD). The SSD are the reigning drives currently. They are essentially chasing away hard drives.

    SSDs have quite a number of advantages over the hard drives. In terms of speed, the SSDs are much faster than the Hard Drives.

    When it comes to Portability, the SSDs also prove superior. This simply means that even if there are loads of fragmented files, your PC remains unaffected therefore making defragmentation useless.

    With that in mind, the required form of maintenance for the SSDs is the TRIM.

    TRIM clears all old data that have been previously deleted making files process faster.

    If you have an SSD, the current status will probably just say “OK” with a note about when the TRIM command was last run. Again, you shouldn’t need to intervene here, but if it hasn’t been run in a long time (or ever), you can select the drive and click “Optimize.”

    Bottom Line

    If defragging doesn’t speed your computer up as much as you’d like, check out these other maintenance tasks as well.

    In most cases, third-party softwares or programs are not needed for defragmenting your PC. They were useful in earlier versions like Windows 7 and 8 but aren’t anymore.

    The Windows 10’s built in schedule should be enough to help speed up your system’s processes.

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