Tutorial How to Defrag Hard Disk Properly

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Tutorial How to Defrag Hard Disk Properly
To optimize your PC performance, make sure you do the necessary routine maintenance. One of them is to defrag the hard disk. Most of the personal PC users at home do not pay attention to the importance of defrag process for the PC. Some also do not understand the usefulness and how to use it. Though this process is quite important for the health of your PC and is not difficult to do even by ordinary users.

What is the Use of Hard Disk Defrag?

Everyday uses such as installing and uninstalling programs, creating documents or deleting documents, opening websites - files used by computers to perform such tasks can sometimes 'move' its location on the hard disk. In other words, these files become fragmented. Once you want to use a program to perform its 'task', the computer will look for the required files, because the file is split into various places on the hard disk. Just imagine if your personal belongings are always moved by other people to another place, of course you have to find the item before use, right? Well, do defrag to restore personal hard disk stuff to its original place.

How to Defrag Hard Disk? 

For you who want to optimize PC performance, often find that defrag tool can help. But most users do not know or do not understand how to defrag the hard disk is good and right so you can feel the results optimally.

Alltutorials will show you how to defrag the correct hard disk. Just follow these easy steps:
  1. First, delete the files that are not needed. This will speed up the defrag process and improve overall computer performance.

  2. Clear history and cache of all browsers on your PC.

  3. Empty your Recycle Bin.

  4. Use an existing Disk Cleanup in Windows to remove unnecessary files. Click StartAccessoriesSystem ToolsDisk Cleanup. You can also use apps like Auslogics BoostSpeed.

  5. Use the disk check application (Chkdsk) to fix disk errors and other problems before running defrag.

  6. Create a backup system by creating a System Restore Point using Windows System Tools before running Defrag. Click StartAccessoriesSystem ToolsSystem Restore.

  7. Disable Windows pagefile. Click StartControl PanelSystemAdvanced. Click the PerformanceSettings tab. In the Virtual memory section, click Change. Select NO for the paging file option, click Set.

After doing the above steps, close all programs and disconnect from the Internet to avoid automatic updates from any application, then run disk defragmenter application. You can use Windows default applications or other applications that you can download over the internet for free. To use disk defragmenter from Windows, click StartAll ProgramsAccessoriesSystem ToolsDisk Defragmenter. Select the drive you want to defrag, then click OK. 

Other Hard Disk Defrag Applications

In addition to using the built-in Windows app, you can also use other hard disk defrag applications that are able to defrag faster. Here are some popular user choices:
  1. Auslogic Disk Defrag, got a 5 star rating from an editor on CNet. This app is lightweight, free and easy to use. Accompanied also with various advanced features for a free app.

  2. Defraggler, a lightweight, easy to use and portable app. Support for NTFS and FAT32 files.
The above application is Freeware application, free for you to download and use. Avoid using pirated or cracked applications to avoid damage to your PC software.

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