Defragmentation is an essential and sometimes could be a prolonged process. Windows 10 Defrag is required to be carried out periodically, to keep up your Windows 10 system’s performance.
Working with files in your computer is inevitable. Activities like: Moving/copying files between folders; backing them up and sharing them via various mediums, could end up in fragmenting the files, after a considerable period of time.
Fragmented files are just like an irregular cluster arrangement, on the hard drive. Eventually, time for loading and processing various operations will be dropped.
It might be regarded minor initially, but it could become too much disturbing when the Windows 10 Defrag isn’t optimized. But, the fortunate thing about this is the irregular clusters, causing the slow response in loading and searching files can be competently tackled with periodical defragmentation processes.
Accordingly, to increase the performance of you’ll have to optimize your hard drive, as in the following steps.
Windows 10 Defrag - Step by Step Guide
At the search option, besides the Start button, type defrag and click on the ‘Defragment and Optimize Drives’ option.
Now, the disk defragmenter program would’ve been opened. Here, the hard disk partitions that could be defragmented are listed up. Choose the one, you’d like to defragment.
It’s always recommended to analyze the partition, whether a Windows 10 Defrag is needed.
The analysis could take a while to finish. Once finished, the program will fetch you a percentage, to help decide, whether to defragment or not.
We could say, if the percentage is above 10, then you’d definitely have to move ahead for the defragmentation. However, you can also proceed even if the percentage is low if you haven’t defragged for a long time and experience considerable slowness in your PC.
If you’ve decided to defragment, then go ahead and click the Optimize button, to start the defragmentation.
The aforementioned process is fully manual, but by default the Windows 10, keeps the automated optimization feature on, ensuring it to run every week. But however, it is good to check it out manually, to avoid any potential problems in future.
Scheduled Automated Defragmentation
On the other hand, you can also alter the default automated optimization settings, to increase/decrease the frequency of defragmentation.
This might be useful for people with massive and minimal usage routines, respectively. If you are interested changing the schedules of your computer to run the defragments automatically, then the following steps will guide you through it.
- Evoke the same ‘Defragment and Optimize Drives’ window, we talked about, in Step 1, above.
- Click the ‘Change Settings’ button, under the Scheduled Optimization part.
- Here, you can turn off or turn on the automated defragmentation, by unchecking or checking the ‘Run on a schedule’ option. Below that you’ll be given options to choose from a drop down menu, to set the schedule Daily or Weekly or Monthly.
- Further, you’ll also have options for your computer to intimate you, when three schedules are missed in a row; and also an option to choose which partition to defragment automatically. We recommend you keep the first option checked.
Finally, you’re done with your Windows 10 Defrag processes.
As a tidbit, we’d also like infer you something about the SSDs, relating this process. Even though it is widely said that the Solid State Drives (SSD), don’t need to be defragmented, Windows 10 automatically have it scheduled monthly. Hence, it clearly indicates that you needn’t be so cautious about and in any case, the process will help you to optimize your computer’s performance.