How To Defrag the Computer – Windows 7/8

You can install, delete, install again, copy different files and the data is written on your hard drive in different places. This is a permanent process on a computer, the HDD stores information in different places as long as we use the PC.

After a while, the computer needs more time to retrieve the data from the hard disk, because is written in different places on the hard drive. By defragmenting the computer, basically you re-arrange the data and Windows will retrieve it faster.

It is recommended to make a defragmentation from time to time, especially if you feel that your PC works slower than usual. Also, you can set an automatic scheduled task for this.

Windows 7

Method 1: Using built-in Disk Defragmenter

Windows 7 already includes a program to defragment the computer. This utility is called Disk Defragmenter.

1. Go to Disk Defragmenter

Go to Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools and click on Disk Defragmenter.

Alternatively, you can click on Start, then search for Disk Defragmenter.

2. Defragment

Select the hard drive, then click Defragment Disk

3. Schedule

Also, you can set a schedule so the defragmentation will run automatically.

Method 2: Using Defraggler

This is a free and modern program.

1. Download Defraggler

Download and install it.

Download Defraggler

2. Defrag

Select the drive, then click Defrag.

Windows 8

Method 1: Using built-in option

Windows 8 includes an utility to defrag computer’s hard drives.

1. Go to Search

Press Windows + S keys to open the Search menu

2. Go to Defragment

Search for Defragment and then click on this item – Defragment and optimize your hard drives.

3. Defrag

Choose drive letter, then click Optimize.
You should repeat the process for each hard drive.
If you click on Change settings, you can set a schedule and run the defragmentation automatically.

Method 2: Using Defraggler

1. Download Defraggler

Download and install it. It is free.

2. Defrag

Click on the hard drive, then click Defrag.