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Reminder: Defrag your hard drive today!

October 12, 2006

Most of us understand the benefits of defragmenting our hard drive(s) on a regular basis – it will greatly improves a PC’s speed and performance – but most of us put it off for months and months (or longer).  This is a just a reminder to defrag your hard drive today!  If you unsure about how to go about this, here are some simple instructions for Windows XP

  1. From the [START] menu, select [Programs]
  2. From [Programs] select [Accessories]
  3. From [Accessories] select [System Tools]
  4. From [System Tools] select [Disk Fragmenter]
  5. Click “Defragment” (You can skip “Analyze”)

Depending on how long it has been since you last defragmented your disk drive, this process could take a long time – maybe even a couple of hours.  Be patient – the results are worth it!

Note: I like to use “Disk Cleanup” (also under System Tools) prior to running the disk defragmenter.  Also – If it has been a while since you last ran the defragmenter, you may want to run it 2-3 times.  The second and third time will take only a few minutes.