How to Defragment Your Computer Hard Drive
- Choose Start→Control Panel→System and Security. The Administrative Tools window appears.
- Click Defragment Your Hard Drive. The Disk Defragmenter dialog box appears.
- Click the Analyze Disk button.
- When the analysis is complete, click the Defragment Disk button.
- Click Close.
Use the Start button to start Disk Defragmenter, or:
- Double-click the My Computer icon.
- Secondary-click on the C drive.
- Click Properties on the Context menu.
- In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
- Disk Defragmenter is also located in the System Tools folder with ScanDisk and Backup.
Start Disk Defragmenter
- Click Start, and type Disk Defragmenter in the Search field. Select Disk Defragmenter when it becomes available.
- If prompted, allow the action to continue.
- If you wish to modify or create a defragmentation schedule, you may do so by clicking the Modify Schedule or Configure schedule button.
- Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Disk Defragmenter.
- Under Current status, select the disk to defragment.
- To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented, click Analyze disk. Administrator permission is required.
- Click Defragment disk.
How do I defrag my laptop Windows 10?
Defragment your Windows 10 PC
- Select the search bar on the taskbar and enter defrag.
- Select Defragment and Optimize Drives.
- Select the disk drive you want to optimize.
- Select the Optimize button.
Do I need to defrag my computer?
Fragmentation doesn’t cause your computer to slow down as much as it used to—at least not until it’s very fragmented—but the simple answer is yes, you should still defragment your computer. However, your computer may already do it automatically.
Does defragging speed up computer?
The short answer: Defragging is a way to speed up your PC. Fragmentation occurs when a computer file isn’t stored as a single chunk of information. Instead, the file is split — stored in two different spots on the drive. The file is fragmented.
What does a defrag do?
Defragging rearranges the layout of files on your hard disk for faster access. Specifically when (or even if) you need to do it at all is evolving. “Defragging” is short for “de-fragmenting” and it’s a process run on most hard drives to help make accessing the files on that disk faster.