How to defragment your drives in Windows XP

Everyday use of your computer will cause it to slow down, and one of the chief culprits is file fragmentation.

File fragmentation is when different bits of a file are stored in more than one place on a drive. This means the drive heads have to search for all the bits of a file whenever a file is accessed, which results in loss of performance over time.

Thankfully it’s easily rectified by defragmenting your drives.

Defragmenting your drives is easy to do:

Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks.

Windows XP Disk Defragmenter

If you have more than one drive listed, click on the drive you want to defragment and then click on Analyze.

Windows XP Disk Defragmenter - select drive

After a few second – or minutes, depending on the size of your drive – you’ll get a dialogue box telling you whether you need to defragment your drive or not.

Click on View Report.

Windows XP Disk Defragmenter - view analysis results

Scroll down the Volume Information window to see how fragmented your drive is. If it’s more than 5% fragmented, then defragmenting will definitely improve performance.

Windows XP Disk Defragmenter - fragmentation

Click on Defragment and let Windows do its thing.

Windows XP Disk Defragmenter - fragmentation

Defragmenting can take anywhere from several minutes to several hours, depending on the size of your drive. It’s also best to run Defragmenter when you’re not using your computer.

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