Defraging your Hard Drive

These instructions are written for users with Windows XP, Windows 98, and 98 screens may vary slightly in appearance. Defragmenting rearranges the data on the drive so that it can be accessed more efficiently. It is recommend that disk defragmentation be done at least once a month.

Note: Defragmenting can take up to several hours to complete, depending on the size of the drive. It is best to start the process in the evening and let it run over night.

1. Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.

2. Right-click on the hard drive icon and select Properties.

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3. Click on the Tools tab, click Defragment Now.


4. Click the Analyze button to determine if your drive partitions need defragmenting.

 Disk Defragment

5. If the analysis recommends defragmenting, click Defragment.

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For more information about using Disk Defragmenter, click the Action menu in the Disk Defragmenter, and then click Help.

last modified 09/14/2008

Last modified: 8/1/2011