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how to defrag windows xpIt’s no secret that over time a PC computer will begin to run slower and slower until eventually it’s almost too slow to bear. One thing that many of you may have heard about is something called “defragmenting a computer”. This is one of those chores like changing the air filter in your car. If you don’t do it, you’re computer will still work but it won’t work as well as it could.

What is Disk Defragmentation

This is a way of maintaining the filing system of your computer’s hard drive. Imagine if you had several containers that you store various things in. Let’s say that you are storing things like nuts, bolts, nails, screws, and staples. When your containers are brand new, you put each type of fastener in its own container. When they are organized like this, you can quickly find the type of fastener that you’re looking for because you know exactly where to look and the fasteners you need are in one place.

As time passes you’re probably going to use some of the fasteners and you’ll buy other types of fasteners. Let’s assume that you don’t buy any new containers when you buy the new fasteners. You still need someplace to store these fasteners so you’ll end up putting some nails in the container that has bolts in it and you put some staples in the container that has screws in it because their container was already full. This means that the fasteners will be all mixed together and when you want to find the kind you need, you’ll have to search through multiple containers instead of just going to one container and quickly grabbing exactly what you need. This is less efficient and it’s going to take you more time.

A similar thing happens on hard drives. When a hard drive is first formatted, it is divided into a bunch of different blocks and each block can store a certain amount of data. As you save data to the drive, your computer will fill up the blank space in one block but if the entire file can’t fit in a block, it will store part of the file in one block and the rest in another.

When your computer needs access to the file it has to retrieve part of the file from one location and another part of it from another location. This is less efficient and your computer will take longer to retrieve the data thereby making it run slower. Defragmentation (aka defragging or defragmenting) is the process of using a software utility to move files around and organize them on the disk so that they can be accessed faster which will speed up your computer.

How Do You Defrag a Computer?

All versions of Windows comes with a free disk defrag utility but most experts agree that the built in Windows defrag software is less than optimal. My experience with it is that it is really slow and it doesn’t seem to do a very thorough job of defragging.

You can purchase a variety of disk defragging programs but I use a free program called Auslogics Disk Defrag and I’ve been really happy with it. It’s the best free defragger software that I’ve found and it not only runs much faster than the Windows defrag utility but it seems to do a better job.

When I was first testing it, I scanned my computer with the Microsoft hard drive defragmenting utility and it only defragmented a certain percentage of my hard drive and it took a really long time. Then I ran Auslogics on the same hard drive that Windows had just defragged and it was able to defrag more of the hard drive and it did the job quite fast.

How To Defrag Your Computer With The Auslogics Free Defrag Utility

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do is download the software. You can do that by clicking here. The file is only 4.8 MB in size so it won’t take very long do download. When you download it, make sure you make a note of where the file was saved so you can install it.
  2. After it has finished downloading, navigate to the location where you saved the file and double click on it to install it. Follow the on screen instructions and install it onto your computer.
  3. After is has successfully installed, restart your computer. When your computer has finished restarting, double click on the icon that was placed on your desktop during the installation.
  4. When the software has loaded on your computer, click on the drop down box next to the “Defrag” button and select the “Defrag & Optimize (slower, use once a week) option”.
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That’s all there is to it. Once it has finished running, you’re good to go. By the way, when I’m running this utility, I usually just continue using my computer and let it run in the background and this has worked just fine for me.

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Sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defragmentation

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