|Search for defrag|
First things first.
- Find a time that you aren't using the computer.
- Don't do a defrag when there is a chance of a power outage (during a storm for example) unless you have a UPS backup power source.
- Close down as many programs as possible including things running on the right side of the taskbar, such as programs for your printer, or Dropbox, for example.
|Windows 7 Disk Defrag|
- Click the "Start Menu" button and type defrag into your run/search. If that doesn't work,
- Click on the "Start Menu"
- Select "All Programs"
- Select the folder called "Accessories"
- Select the folder called "System Tools"
- Select "Disk Defragmenter"
- In Windows 7, you can schedule your computer to run a defrag regularly or do it manually. You can also see if your computer is fragmented. (See the example). In Windows Vista, the screen looks a little different but has similar options. In Windows XP, the screen looks different again, but has a button for defrag. See the screen shot below.
Vista Disk Defrag
|XP Disk Defrag|
Mac also has a disk defrag. As I am not as familiar with the Mac, you can read more about how to defrag your computer at this website. ☺