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How To Defrag Your Hard Drive

Windows includes a utility to organize the sequential layout of our files on our hard drive. When we add or remove programs from our computer, it can cause our files and programs to scatter themselves all over our disk drive. Then when we try to launch a program, our hard drive has to work much harder by searching many different areas of our drive in order to run that program, which hinders our computer's performance. The Disk Defragmenter program addresses this issue by organizing all our files on our hard disk in an easy to search sequential layout. This technical brief will show you how to organize the files on your hard drive.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse over the All Programs icon to display all Start Menu folders.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, move your mouse over the Programs folder instead.
  4. Now, move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  5. Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
  6. Now Click on the Disk Defragmenter icon to launch the program.
  7. Then use your mouse to highlight the drive that you want to Defragment?
  8. Then click on the Defragment button located on the lower left hand center of the screen.
  9. Windows XP will analyze your drive first and then display a visual estimate of the final results.
  10. And Windows XP will continually show you a progress indicator bar depicting its progress.
  11. When Windows is finished it will ask you if you would like to quit the Defrag Program.
  12. Select YES to quit the Disk Defragmenter Program and then reboot your computer.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then, move your mouse over the Programs menu folder until it expands.
  3. Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  4. Then move your mouse onto the System Tools menu folder until it expands.
  5. Now Click on the Disk Defragmenter icon to launch the program.
  6. Windows will ask you, Which drive do you want to Defragment?
  7. Simply select your drive and click on OK to begin the Defrag Process.
  8. Windows will then show you a progress indicator bar depicting its progress.
  9. If you want to see a detailed progress, then click on the Show Details button.
  10. When Windows is finished, it will ask you if you would like to quit the Defrag Program.
  11. Select YES to quit the Disk Defragmenter Program and then reboot your computer.
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