Not everyone recognises the importance of frequently defragmenting their hard drives. Many people don’t really understand what it means. I’ll try give a brief explanation.
Imagine your computers hard drive is like a library. All the books are there in alphabetical order, going from A-Z. Now every time you access something on your hard drive – or in this case taking a book from the library, you mightn’t put it back in the same place you got it – ie. You take a book from the “B” section and put it back in the “F” section. The next time you want to go and get that book, it’s going to take you much longer to locate it.
When you defragment your hard drive you are essentially putting all those books back in order.
Windows 7 has a built in defragmenting program which does a pretty good job. You can configure it to automatically analyse and defrag your hard drive to keep things in order. But what many people don’t know is that you can also configure it to automatically defragment any new disks that you plug into your Windows 7 machine.
To do this I’ve put together a quick guide for you:
Open up the Disk Defragmenter from the start menu by typing in “Disk Defrag” and hit Enter
Click on Configure Schedule and this will open up a new window where you can choose what times you want to defrag your computer.
Now you will want to click on Select Disks and this will cause a new window to pop up again. At the bottom of this window you’ll need to tick “Automatically defragment new disks”. This will ensure that any new disks that are plugged into your system are automatically defragmented.
Now all you have to do is hit OK until all the Windows are closed