Disk defragmentation tool in Windows® 7
What are the features and role of disk defragmentation tool in Windows 7 system?
Both local disks and external disks (USB flash drives or portable hard disks) can become fragmented, thereby slowing down your PC. It is recommended that you defragment your disks at least once a month or more often if you install and uninstall lots of applications in your system. In order to do this, you can either defragment your disk manually or schedule disk defragmentation using the scheduler in this tool. You can also improve the performance by defragmenting your hard disk, increasing its operating speed and your work efficiency. Usually, it is recommended to schedule the disk defragmentation process to run during the night. You shall just leave the computer running and it would do the job. It is best if you defragment your drives when the system is in inactive state; otherwise it might slow down the PC.
More on disk defragmentation tool in Windows 7 system, its role and features:
- Procedure to use
Procedure to use
To start with, click 'Start', type in defragment, and click on 'Disk Defragmenter'. This would open the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter. Now check your disks in order to see whether it needs defragmentation or not. To determine the fragmentation state, you should select one or more disks and analyze them (click the 'Analyze Disk' button). When the disk analysis has finished, Disk defragmenter would display the disk fragmentation percentage for each disk (for this, see the 'Last Run' column of the Disk Defragmenter window). If any of your disks is fragmented more than 10%, it is suggested that you start the defragmentation process. In order to defragment your hard disks, you should simply select the drives and click the 'Defragment Disk' button. The time taken would depend on how large and fragmented your drives are. You shall click on the 'Configure schedule' button to schedule the time to defragment and then select the disk drives you wish to defragment.
The defragmentation process searches your disk partitions and confirms that the stored files are in one contiguous piece which results in better performance of the system. If you want to maintain your file system, the easiest and perhaps the most significant method is that you should regularly defrag your hard drives. The Windows 7 Operating System has improved disk defragmentation utility which gives users more control over their defragmentation tasks.
Disk Defragmenter is a Windows utility that combines fragmented files and folders on your PC's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. With your files accumulated neatly, no fragmentation would expedite the reading and writing tasks of the disk. You shall also schedule the defragmentation process using the scheduler. This would help you to save your time. The most important feature of Windows 7 defragmenter is that it lets you safely terminate the defrag process any time without any bad effect. Windows 7 also adds the ability to defragment multiple volumes at the same time. Also, the Operating System would automatically disable defragmentation on any solid state disk since there is no need to defragment flash memory.