Every one of us expecting our PCs/Laptops to work smoothly and faster anytime. This expectation sometimes fails due to many reasons including some silly reasons which we seldom notice. Disk fragmentation is one among them. We will discuss here what is meant by defragmentation and also explain the steps on how to perform Disk Defragmentation in Windows 10.
What is Defragmentation?
In the simplest definition, Defragmentation is a process of reorganizing data stored in your hard drive. Deletion of files and moving files from one drive to another are usual activities taking place in a PC, causes empty spaces leaving in the drive. This sometimes urges the system to store files in those empty spaces (which was used by another file earlier) which can result in a broken filesystem and ultimately a lag in the system operation.
In order to overcome the issue, we rely on a process called Defragmentation, which is an in-built feature on Windows OS. Defragmentation organizes all scattered data/files in your drive, and also brings all empty space/blocks together, makes your system work faster and smoother. This also makes effective utilization of disk space without wastage.
When to perform Defragmentation?
It is important to know that when defragmentation to be performed in a system. And is it necessary to perform in regular intervals? These questions are answered below:
Defragmentation has to be performed once a month at least, if possible. Defragmentation can also be scheduled at your convenience so that it can take place automatically. Also, it is healthy for your computer if Defragmentation can be performed at regular intervals without fail. You are also advised to monitor this activity and also take a backup (if possible) in order to save your data during any untoward incidents.
How to do Defragmentation in Windows 10 (Manually)
Defragmentation can be done manually as well as scheduled methods. We will explain below how to manually do Defragmentation in Windows 10. Note that defragmentation can take several hours, depending upon your disk size and condition. Therefore ensure that you have enough time in hand before attempting the task. Better is overnight.
- Go to the Search box near the Windows Start icon and type ‘Defrag’. Then click on ‘Defragment and Optimize Drives’ on the left-hand side top corner
- Popup windows open with the label ‘Optimize Drives‘. This will have information about all your existing drives with the level of fragmentation in percentage. Also note buttons ‘Analyze’ and ‘Optimize’ at the bottom, just above the ‘Schedule Optimization’.
- Now select the drive you wish to optimize and click on ‘Optimize’
- Note the ‘Analyze’ function starts and Optimization will be completed after analysis. Again, the duration of the process will be based on the fragmentation level of your drive.
In a normal scenario, the system will not ask you to restart in order to complete the defragmentation, unless any critical situation arises. Therefore, please make sure that your PC/laptop is fully charged or connected to power not to interrupt the defragmentation process.
We hope that the above information is good enough to provide a clear picture of how to perform Disk Defragmentation in Windows 10. Like always, we remind you to update your Windows OS timely and also install the best Antivirus Software on your device to keep it safe and secure. We are happy to read your valuable comments.