Is Your Computer S-L-O-W and Sluggish? It’s Time for a Defrag … [VIDEO]

by TechnoGrannyAnni

in You and Your Computer

If you think that your computer is getting a bit slow, and you find yourself waiting unnecessarily for programs to come up or pages to change, there are a few processes that you could try to make it respond more quickly.  One of the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s time to defrag your computer.

What in the world is a defrag?

Defrag is short for defragmentation and it simply means to tidy up your files and folders.

After awhile your computer’s hard drive gets cluttered up with disorganized files.  You have a lot of saved files that you might use over and over, to copy, add to, delete, forward, and so on.  Soon the bits and pieces left over from those file activities get scattered around your hard drive making them hard to find.

It’s like making notes on pieces of paper and leaving them all over the house.  It’s much more efficient to have a notebook or a bulletin board in one place, and then you don’t waste time looking for information about the time and location of that appointment that you need to get to sometime this afternoon.

So it is with your computer’s hard drive.

When parts of your files are all over the hard drive it gets more and more difficult for your computer to find and retrieve what you are looking for.  The defrag process will reorder and reorganize the items on your drive … it will simply bring all those bits and pieces of files together and tidy it all up.

Here’s how you do it:

Step 1
Click on the start menu and choose ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’ (depending upon your model).

Step 2
Right click on the drive that needs attention (it’s usually the ‘C Drive’).  You will have more than one drive – sometimes two or three – all named with different letters of the alphabet.

Step 3
Click on ‘Properties’ from the drop-down menu and the properties dialogue box will appear on your screen.

Step 4
Click on Tools, choose the ‘Defragmentation’ option and left click on ‘Defragment Now’.

What you see on your screen

If you are using Microsoft XL, a box will show on your screen showing you the capacity of your drives, and the free space that is available to you. The drive that you have chosen to defrag will be highlighted.

Underneath you will see a picture of what looks like two big bar codes with vertical lines and bars in different colors.  The colors refer to the types of files and the white refers to free space on your drive.  You’ll see that the white bars are all over the place.

If you are using Microsoft 7, you won’t see the bars, you will simply see a box called Disk Defragmenter, and the Drive – in this case OS (C:) – will be highlighted and labelled as “Running”.

When it is completed

Your computer may take awhile to compete this defrag task but, once done, in Windows XL, the lower ‘bar code’ will appear with the colours looking more consolidated and the white bars clustered together.  In Windows 7, you will know it is completed because you will get a Defrag Report on your screen.

You should notice a marked difference in the speed of your computer once you have completed this task.

Good luck with the job – follow the steps and you will have no problems.  And if you do, don’t forget to contact Granny below!

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