Defragmentation simply refers to a process that reduces the degree of fragmentation. Over a term, the data blocks (fragments) that makeup files can become scattered in multiple locations around the surface of the hard disk. With defragmentation, these fragments are located close physically as a result of which the time is taken to access the data speed ens.
Not to forget, the solid-state drives(SSD) shouldn’t be defragmented as it may cause performance issues and even reduce the life of the drive. Much of modern computers having windows 10 are assisted with SSD instead of actual hard drives. Thus, at the very instance step, you should make sure your windows 10 doesn’t contain SSD. The Windows 10 defrag tool can tell you which type of drives you have.
How To Defragment Windows 10 Hard Drive
To minimize slow hard drive performance, Windows 10 includes a built-in tool to defragment all fragmented pieces and help your PC stay at best speed. The instructions for defragmenting hard drive on Windows 10 goes like this:
- After finding defragment and optimize drives from the search bar, clicking it is the first step.
- Sometimes your search bar might act up and unshow your required search. At such circumstances you can also reach the tool by opening the Control Panel, selecting System and Security, and then selecting “Defragment and optimize your drives” beneath the Administrative Tools header.
The Optimize Drives window will appear, and it will list all of the drives in your system that are eligible for optimization and defragmentation.
- Select the hard drive you want to optimize and click Analyze. You always want to analyze the drive first to figure out if the drive needs optimization. If the result shows less than 10% fragmented, you probably don’t need to optimize the drive.
- For the next step, after selecting a drive you want to defrag, you’ll need to click on the optimize option below the list of drives.
- You will see a percentage complete progress indicator in the Current Status column.
- Depending on the number of files, the size of the drive, and fragmentation, the defragmentation tool may take some time to complete the task. It’s also recommended to perform this task when you know, you won’t be around your computer.
- Once the process is done the current status should display “0% fragmented”. And you’re all done!!
- If you’d like Windows 10 to defrag your drive on a regular basis, you can turn on scheduled optimization inside the Defrag tool. Press the “Turn on” button under “Scheduled optimization,” then select the schedule you want Windows to follow, and press the “Choose” button to select which drives should be included in the regular defrags.
Thus, this is Here’s How To Defragment Windows 10 Hard Drive. After defragmentation you can enjoy the swiftness of your windows. How helpful did you find this post? Do share your opinion in our comment section.