Benaiah\’s Computer Experiences

July 12, 2007

Defragging Windows

Filed under: computer help, windows maintenance — Benaiah @ 1:23 am

Here is a question that I have been asked several times in the last month or so: “How do you defrag your Windows computer?”

Here it is:

Start >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Defragmenter

Select the drive you wish to defragment and click “Defragment.”

I find that most times you need to run the defragmenter several times before the drive is really done being defraged.



  1. Our sysadmin has huge headaches dealing with fragmentation on the servers and workstations. It really affects daily productivity.Boot issues and crashes are the most common symptoms of this malady. I think fragmentation is a more serious maintenance issue than we think. I come across lot of articles which go to the extent of saying that it doesnt affect performance!

    Comment by rubarb — July 13, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  2. I agree that it is an important issue as well. I have certainly seen a decrease in performance as a hard drive becomes more fragmented.

    Comment by Benaiah — July 13, 2007 @ 11:07 am

  3. It’s been quite a while since I’ve used the windows disk defragmente because of the slow pace of its defrag and difficulties in defragging multiple drives and system files. Presently, I use Diskeeper pro, and its a different beast altogether – fast defrags, multiple drives and easy boot-defrag. Best of all, if I leave Diskeeper on the auto defrag mode, it defragments automatically in the background without disturbing my running processes. Great defragger, and what the Windows defragger should have been, in the first place.

    Comment by Godzilla — July 16, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  4. Sad thing is the Windows defrag utility IS Diskeeper, albeit a dumbed down version of it.

    Comment by Marakov — September 20, 2009 @ 10:49 am

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