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Keep your Computer Healthy and Fast Part 3
Wednesday. 2.25.09 4:03 pm
watching: Umm TV is loozers
listening to: Taylor Swift
mood: Whatever with a slight angst


One of the best ways to keep your computer speedy is defragmentation. A lot of folks like to go around saying that they defrag their pc because itís so nerdy and smart sounding. Really defragging doesnít make you a cool pc guru but it does in fact help keep your pc running smooth.

So what is defragging, and why do you need to do it? As you save files, install software and anything that uses your hard drive, your hard drive becomes fragmented. Basically it sticks bytes of info in the most convenient place on the face of your hard drive. So a file becomes scattered all over your drive. When it is scattered it takes longer to find all of the bytes, because some are on the outside some are in the middle some are in the inside and everywhere in between. Therefore the file is fragmented.

Microsoft Windows comes with a tool that will defragment all your files. Defragmentation is the process that finds all the file fragments and lines them up all together. When files are neatly lined up the hard drive can find and read them much faster. In fact if you are using a heavily fragmented drive defragmentation can actually double your computers speed.

To access the defrag program follow these directions

1 go to My Computer
2 Right Click on your hard disk C: (most of the time itís the C: Drive)
3 Click properties
4 Click the tools tab.
5 Click Defragment

The defragment program will start.
Defragmentation can take forever to complete. Several minutes to 2 days depending on how bad and full your drive is. Compressed drives also take much longer to defragment.

Microsoft is not the author of the defragment program. A company called DisKeeper created it. The windows version of Defragment cannot be scheduled. So if you would like to have the ability to schedule defrags on XP you must purchase a copy Diskeeper. Diskeeper 2007 can defragment on the fly so your hard drive stays much less fragmented. It also can defragment the master file table making it theoretically possible make your pc faster than it was new from the factory.

You just reminded me that I haven't done that in months! A good thing to keep me away from the laptop since it is much slower when its defraging.

That's the odd thing... I live in one of the most densely populated area near the capital of the country. The speed of the internet in my hometown, which is just a small town full of old folks and school kids, is even faster!
» Nuttz on 2009-02-25 08:55:36

i always wanted to do but my laptop advise me not too because i don't use much space. :D
» renaye on 2009-02-27 09:30:41

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