We are often called upon for support for slow and sluggish computers. Nine times out of ten the issue with the computer is an easy fix that the user can perform themselves.The simple task of Defragging and Scan Disk will most times resolve your issues.
Depending on your computer use will dictate how often you should run these procedures. Here is a guideline for you to follow:
1 to 10 hours of use per week: Defrag your computer monthly
11 to 20 hours per week: Defrag your computer bi-weekly (ever two weeks)
21+ hours per week: Defrag your computer weekly.
While you are defragging your computer, well – actually before you defrag your computer it is a good idea to run “Disk Cleanup” too. This will ensure temporary internet files are removed and your Recycle Bin is emptied as well.
The normal user should also Scan Disk their computer about every two months. This will check and repair any damaged file system errors on your hard drive.
How to perform the procedures
Click on Start –> Click Computer or My Computer –> RIGHT click on your “Local Disk (C:) –> Left click on Properties. A new window (dialog box) will appear with a representation of your local hard drive with some tabs across the top. To the right of the image of your hard will be the “Disk Cleanup” button. You should run this procedure first. Once Disk Cleanup is complete, again navigate back to the Local Disk properties by following the above steps. This time click on the tab labeled “Tools”. This is where you will find Scan Disk and Defrag.
You can also set a schedule to defrag your computer automatically for you. This may be a good option for you. To defrag your computer chose Defragment Now, then chose Defragment Disk. This will start the defrag process in the background and you can continue working on whatever you were doing. You should note that this process could take as little as a couple of minutes to several hours, depend on how fragmented your hard drive is. The procedures are pretty simple and should not harm any of your data.
What is Defrag?
Defrag is a Windows utility used to check and repair files on a disk drive. In the maintenance of file systems, defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation. It does this by physically organizing the contents of your hard disk files into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments). It also attempts to create larger regions of free space using compaction to impede the return of fragmentation.
What is Scan Disk?
Scan Disk is a Windows utility used to check and repair your hard disk for errors and to correct problems that are found. These errors often occur when Windows locks up and must be restarted.
What is Disk Cleanup?
The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk by searching your disk for files that you can safely delete. You can choose to delete some or all of the files. Use Disk Cleanup to perform any of the following tasks to free up space on your hard disk:
- Remove temporary Internet files.
- Remove downloaded program files. For example, ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded from the Internet.
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Remove Windows temporary files.
- Remove optional Windows components that you are not using.
- Remove installed programs that you no longer use.