Thursday, August 11, 2011

Speed-up Windows 7: Tip # 2 - Defragment Hard Disk

Disk fragmentation occurs when a hard disk splits up a file and store it separately in hard to reach and different sectors of the disk. This causes the disk to have slower access time when someone tries to access the said fragmented file.

And although a computer might be unquestionably fast because of its high end and up-to-date components, disk fragmentation poses a threat to this performance. Often, disk fragmentation becomes the bottleneck of most of the PC's performance.

Think, for example, of a bottle. A wider bottle (bigger circumference of the cylindrical bottle) should, by theory, empty itself faster than a narrower bottle of the same volume. However, this performance, this emptying performance, is limited by the size of its bottle neck. However wide a bottle is, it's performance is as low or as fast depending on the wideness or the narrowness of the bottleneck, not of the bottle--as if the real size of the bottle is determined not by its body but by its bottleneck.

The same principle applies to the computer. No matter how fast a computer is, it's still as fast as the slowest computer part--this time being the "fragmented disk".

Luckily, there are numerous free programs that exists in the net today which offers "Disk Defragmentation". And even if there aren't, Microsoft has added a built-in, free, disk defragmentation tool in your copy of the "high and mighty" Window 7.

You can access the disk defragmentation tool by the following method:
1. Click Start and on the search box type "defrag".
2. You will see a program named "disk defragmenter", click it.
3. Choose the disk you wan to defragment and click "defragment disk".
4. Wait.
5. Try to use your computer and see for yourself the difference in file access speed hence computer performance.

You can however use this program to better manage your disk defragmentation ability:

Defraggler - click here to download

Hope this helps. =)

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