How to Defragment your Hard Drive on Windows 10?

Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and previous versions) includes a built-in tool to defragment all fragmented files and help your PC stay at top speeds to minimize slow hard drive performance. To speed up your drive again, you must defragment and optimize it on Windows 10 using a built-in tool. This risewindows article will guide you on how to Defragment your Hard Drive on Windows 10.

What is Defragmentation?

Over time, the data blocks (fragments) that make up files can become scattered in multiple locations around the surface of the hard disk. It is called fragmentation. Defragmenting moves all those blocks to be located together in physical space, potentially speeding up read times when accessing data on the disk. However, with modern computers, defragmentation isn’t the necessity it once was. Windows automatically defragments mechanical drives, and defragmentation isn’t necessary with solid-state drives.

You can defrag the internal, USB, or external hard drive. Defragmentation is cared for by Windows 10 automatically for its internal HDD, so it is essential to defrag an external hard drive, as it may not remain plugged in when Windows runs an automatic defrag program.

Still, keeping your drives operating most efficiently doesn’t hurt. You might also need to defragment external hard disk drives connected via USB, as they may not be plugged in when Windows runs its automatic defragmentation.

How to Defragment your Hard Disk on Windows 10?

Step 1. First, click on the Start button and type defragment.

Step 2. Now, click the “Defragment and Optimize Drives” from the available search results to open up the Optimize Devices window.

It will list all of the drives (external and internal hard drives) in your system that is eligible for optimization and defragmentation. It may be because Windows 10 can only optimize drives formatted in the NTFS file system if you don’t find any HDD on the list. Hard drives that are formatted as exFAT will not appear in the list.

Step 3. Then, if the disk needs optimizing and defragmenting, you will see a percentage complete progress indicator in the Current Status column. To defrag any disk, select the partition and click on the Optimize button.

Step 4. After that, to reschedule the automatic defrag, click on the Change settings button.

Step 5. Next, select the frequency between Daily, Weekly, and Monthly; then click on the Choose button to select the disk drive which you want to defrag automatically.

Step 6. Then, once you make the appropriate changes, click on the OK button.

Puran Defrag, IObit Smart Defrag, DiskTuna, and UltraDefrag are free applications specially built for defragging Windows PCs. You can opt for any if you prefer to use a third-party tool to defrag your HDD.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep growing, guys.

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