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How To Perform A Hard Disk Defragmentation in Windows 7 & Vista

Windows 7 & Vista Hard Disk Defragmentation Tutorial


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Over time your computer’s hard drive data will become fragmented from everyday use. Think about a fragmented hard drive like a file cabinet full of organized papers that someone just walked up to, opened and then threw everything from within the cabinet on the floor. And as if that wasn’t enough, they also decided to turn a high powered fan on in the room as well. Now the papers are everywhere, with no sense of organization at all. Just like the disaster in your child’s bedroom.

Now after performing a hard disk defragmentation, all of those papers would be placed back into that file cabinet nice and neat, in an almost perfect order. That’s pretty much how defragmenting your hard drive in Microsoft Windows 7 will help to improve your computer’s performance. Now only if there was a child bedroom disaster defragmenter, we would be in good shape!

This tutorial will walk you through performing a hard disk defragmentation of your computer.

Before you start the defragmentation, we suggest that you remove your temporary Internet files. Removing those files will also help to improve your computer’s performance. It will also leave the defragmenter with less to perform, which will shorten the time it takes to clean up your system.


To defragment your hard drive, begin by:

  1. Clicking on “Start” or the Pearl in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Then click on “All Programs”.




















  1. Next, click on “Accessories”.





















  1. Next, click on “System Tools”.





















  1. Next, click on Disk Defragmentation.





















  1. Once the Defragmentation utility opens, select your primary hard drive or partition, which will probably be “Drive C”. Then click on “Defragment Disk”.





















  1. The utility will first analyze your hard disk’s file fragmentation level. And if it’s file fragmentation is very low, it won’t perform the defragmentation.





















  1. Next, after the analysis, the utility will defragment the selected hard drive or partition. It may take a while, based on the fragmentation level of the hard drive and also the hardware specifications of the computer that it’s running on. Also if you have other applications open on the computer, such as an anti-virus utility performing a real-time scan, the defrag may perform slower that is expected.





















  1. Once the procedure is complete, you can close the Disk Defragmenter.





















  1. That completes this tutorial.
























The information in this article is provided "as is". It should be used for educational purposes only. Smith Technical Resources makes no guarantees or claims that the information contained in this article will help you completely remove the above listed malicious program(s) from your computer.

If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the procedures that we've listed on this page, please contact a professional computer repair company in your area and have them complete the needed repairs on your computer. Smith Technical Resources takes no responsibility for any possible damage that could result from your use of the above instructions.

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