Defragment your Windows hard drive

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When your computer is new, your hard drive is a pretty sight to behold. All the data—system files, programs, documents—they're all lined up in nice straight rows on your hard drive. (Okay, they're really in arcs on the circular platters of your storage device, but work with me here.) After a while, though, things aren't so pristine. New files are added. Old files are deleted. Pretty soon, the data on your hard disk takes on the appearance of a piece of Swiss cheese, with holes here and there, and stuff all kind of jumbled about. Get enough of this, and your system will start to slow down—it literally takes your machine longer to read- and write to and from the disk because of all the files smooshed around here and there. The solution is to defragment your disk.

MyDefrag is a likely candidate for this chore. It's fast, and will defragment anything that looks like a hard disk to it, including fixed- and removable hard drives, floppies (you remember them, right?), and USB drives. Along with the GUI version for you to use when you want to defrag your device, there's also a command line version, great for scripting to run at oh-dark-thirty when you're not trying to get work done.

MyDefrag is a free Windows application. It requires Windows 2000 or later.

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3 Responses to “Defragment your Windows hard drive”

  1. Traciatim says:

    You shouldn’t need to defrag flash and USB drives, as they have no moving parts their seek times are really low.

    A much better free defrag tool is ultimate defrag free edition, which you can specify where folders and files go on your drive so you can put your performance apps on the fastest parts of your drives. It’s a much better solution than this one is.

  2. megaman says:

    Traciatim said better than I did, about the Ultimate Defrag, in which, I use the Auto option, and let it run overnight. For my mp3 player I use Defraggler, and it does a fine job.

  3. Safety Girl says:

    About how often should you do a defrag?