How To : Automatically Defragment New Disks

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:

Step 1

Open up the Disk Defragmenter from the start menu by typing in “Disk Defrag” and hit Enter

Step 2

Click on Configure Schedule and this will open up a new window where you can choose what times you want to defrag your computer.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Now all you have to do is hit OK until all the Windows are closed

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4 Responses to How To : Automatically Defragment New Disks

  1. Anonymous July 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Awesome way to shorten the life of flash cards and usb drives!

  2. bobbyt July 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Good point Stromos. That’s why I like to use a third party defragger made by diskeeper. Very good program which extends the life of ssd’s, have a look at this http://www.diskeeper.com/hyperfast/

  3. Majalah August 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Usually I just defrag my disk when my windows start to slow. Perhaps, set defragment disk automatically per 3 month is good idea. just my 2 cent.

  4. Dan Dar3 December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I’m using Defraggler, found it superior to Windows Defrag – on installation it allows to disable Windows Defrag scheduler task, and allows to schedule it from it’s own interface.

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