How to optimize hard drive for performance by Disk defragmentation in Windows 8?

A hard drive which is new or recently has been formatted contains data aligned next to each other in the drive. However, when more files are added in the drive they are not added in a sequence. This creates fragments in the hard drive. Also, when a file is removed from the hard disk drive, it creates fragments of free space. After a while the fragmentation really increases and it makes the hard drive slow in performance. The solution for this problem is disk defragmentation utility in Windows 8. This utility removes the fragments in the drive and keeps the files again in a sequence. When the disk is defragmented it will be again faster to access. In Windows, 8 you can either manually defragment drive or you can set it up for auto pilot.

To enable Disk Defragmentation in Windows 8, follow the below given steps:

1) Right click on the hard drive which you want to be defragmented.

2) Click on “Properties”.

3) Under “Tools” tab, click on “Optimize” under “Optimize and defragment drive”.

4) Select a drive and click on “Analyze” to find out the percentage of hard drive which is fragmented.

5) Click on “Optimize” to start the defragmentation process for the particular hard drive.

6) Click on “Change Settings” to set up disk defragmentation automatically for drives. Select option “Run schedule on a (recommended)” and select “Daily” “Weekly” or “Monthly” under “Frequency” to set up disk defragmentation automatically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Check option “Notify me if three consecutive schedule runs are missed”. This will notify you if three runs of auto defragmentation on the drives are missed. Click on “Choose” button under “Drives” and select the drives for which you want to enable these settings. Click on “OK”.

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