Defragmenting your computer

A computer will divide files into blocks for storage on your hard disk drive. When there is adequate space and the system is working correctly, these blocks are stored together.

Fragmentation will happen, as your hard disk drive fills up, or as files are deleted and modified, the file system stores a file’s blocks in multiple locations.

This means your hard disk drive will have to do more work for reading, opening and saving files. This can cause your PC to slow down and even shorten the life of your hard drive.

Defragmenting, or defragging, your hard disk drive* on a regular basis will increase the overall health and speed of your computer system.

*Solid state drives (SSDs) work differently to a hard disk drive (HDD) and do not need to be defragged!

The benefits of defragging your hard disk drive are

    • Faster Applications
      Programs run faster and more efficiently when the data is grouped together for easier access.
    • Extended Hard Drive Life
      The mechanical parts of the drive have to travel less distance when the data is all in one place, thereby reducing wear and tear on the drive itself.
    • More Efficient Security
      When an anti-virus program scans your hard drive, it takes less time when your drive is less fragmented.
    • Reduced Errors
      The process of defragmentation can often point out bad sectors that could potentially cause damage if your data was saved in this area.

Do you regularly defrag you hard disk drive?

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