In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to defrag a disk drive on Windows 10.

Over time, files on your hard drive will get fragmented, and this will cause your computer to slow down. This is because it now must check multiple places on a drive to find the required pieces. To get your computer back on top gear again you will need to use the built-in tool that comes with Windows 10 to defragment those files.

Windows 10, like Windows 8 and Windows 7 before, will automatically defrag files on your PC.  It is on a schedule (by default, once a week). However, in my experience it doesn’t always run, so if you feel your PC seems to be taking longer to load you now know why. The best solution to the problem is to defrag your hard drive yourself.

Open the disk optimisation tool by searching for “optimise” or “defrag” in the taskbar. Select your hard drive and click Analyze. Note that if you have an SSD, this option will be greyed out and not available. Check the percentage of fragmented files in the results. If you want to defragment your drive, click Optimize. The best time to do this is when you don’t need to use your computer for anything else, so you can let Windows defragment the disk drive efficiently. When Windows is finished, your disk drive should say 0% fragmented in the Optimize Drives utility. Your PC’s hard drive has now been defragged. You should now hopefully notice an improvement to your system.

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