There has been a continuous quest to improve the performance of your PC by making sure that you have more resources for running applications and games of your choice. In addition, you would also want your PC to run faster and load applications faster so that you start using them instantly. A tested way of getting such results at the end is to defragment your hard disk drive. Fragmentation is the process that is something normal to the storage volumes.

Fragmentation occurs when your data is scattered all over the storage volume with empty sectors in between. This avoids the proper indexing of files in the allocation table therefore causing your system to slow down. It also gives quite slow search results that make your system’s overall performance low. Your hard disk is not the only place that encounters fragmentation but external volumes like an external hard disk as well as USB Flash Drives can also be fragmented.

Disk Defragmenter

Disk defragmenter is the system based application that does the job for you. This application is within the system tools of your operating system. The application tends to rearrange the files and defragment the fragmented files in order to enhance the efficiency of your system. As the files become arranged, it becomes easier for you to manage and move through them. In addition, many of the applications on your system become faster once all the data is defragmented.

Disk Defragmenter tends to defragment and clarify volumes that have already been formatted in either of the NTFS, FAT32 and FAT file system. Any other formatted hard disk drive cannot be formatted using the Disk Defragmenter tool in Windows 7. In case you cannot locate a specific volume within the Disk Defragmenter window, or the volume exists but cannot be checked and defragmented, you need to make sure if the disk contains error. In case the disk contains errors, you need to repair that at the first place using the disk repair tool in the system tools of your Windows 7.

Defragmenting your hard disk

This is a system wide tool that usually runs on schedules but you can still manage to run Disk Defragmenter manually in order to make sure that everything that you have your system is managed well. The following steps would guide you through the process of defragmenting your hard disk drive:

  • Click on the Start menu and search for Disk Defragmenter.
  • The result would get you to the Disk Defragmenter, click the icon.
  • The welcome window would give you a Current Status section, select the disk volume that you wish to defragment.
  • Analyze disk in order to make sure if the disk needs defragmentation.
  • The last run column would give you the result, if the result is 10% or more, the volume needs defragmentation.
  • Click on Defragment Disk button and leave the rest to the Disk Defragmenter.

Disk defragmenter is an application that takes quite some time to finish but you would certainly notice a remarkable difference at the end of the day. The performance and speed of your system would be enhanced ultimately.